This was my first Wes Anderson experience. Well, not actually. Apparently he’s also directed several commercials. You can watch those here. (Thank you Mental Floss.) Basically I went to see this because I thought it was hilarious when Ralph Fiennes ran away when the police accused him of murder. (It’s the little things that make me happy.) This movie was so much better than M. Gustave’s, Fiennes character, exit strategy. (Although, that is still one of my favorite parts of the movie.) The Grand Budapest Hotel is funny, quirky, surprising and unique. I would watch it again right now, if I could. (I can’t because I’m at work, and I have to …you know, work. No comments about whether or not this is actually work. I am aware.)
The cast of characters and the actors who give them life is … well that was the other reason I saw this movie. Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson…I mean really. How could you resist?
Okay, so short plot summary (all of which you could have garnered from the trailer, so I give away no spoilers). There’s a hotel, a mysterious owner of said hotel, and he tells a writer (Jude Law, I adore Jude Law.) how he came to own it. Then there’s a concierge, a lobby boy, a romance, a murder, several deaths, and (this isn’t in the trailer) a great chase scene across a snow-covered mountain. Wes Anderson is definitely this week’s favorite writer/director of movies.
Have you seen any of his other work? Which would you recommend I watch first?
‘Til next time,