'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Is Open For Business - The Irresistible Charm Of Wes Anderson

Today, audiences all over America will be savouring their first taste of Wes Anderson's new movie, the delectable The Grand Budapest Hotel. Anderson fans who know the score will be prepared for the Fantastic Mr. Fox director's idiosyncratic, quirky and sumptuous stylings of the world's most distinctive director. However, even newcomers will find something to love in this most lively tapestry.

The Grand Budapest Hotel Tony Revolori
'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Sees Wes Anderson Up To His Old Tricks In A Film More Inviting Than Ever.

Budapest received its premiere at the Berlinale a few weeks ago where early critics bathed the movie in a warm glow of praise, loving the kitsch details, kooky plotline, and star-packed cast, which includes, Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Harvey Keitel.

More: Check out clips from 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Fiennes plays Gustave, a charismatic, dedicated and occasionally profanity-prone concierge who is known for keeping his guests entertained. He trains up enthusiastic young lobby worker Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori) to be the best hotel worker possible and the pair form a faithful bond. When one of the hotel's most esteemed guests is found murdered, police accuse Gustave so he runs away and finds himself in a cat-and-mouse chase with the police and the victim's family.

Reviews have lavished the theatrical Fiennes in praise whilst a great deal of attention has been paid to Anderson's cinematography, which is as distinctive and detailed as ever. The pace of the plot is moved swiftly on by both very human interactions as well as fisticuffs and high-speed sled chases through the mountains. Critics have remarked that instead of being gimmicky or childish, the film balances out its visual frippery with deep characters and often dark themes.

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Now, North American critics have jumped on the bandwagon of praise for Budapest with Variety recognising all the main Anderson calling cards: "The director's well-worn formal and tonal strategies - the exquisite visual ornamentation, the novelistic chapter headings, the pervasive sense of yearning for the past." Justin Chang goes on to add that these features are a credit to the film and "have rarely felt as fittingly applied as they do here, bringing a lost, antiquated world to vivid cinematic life."

More: Read A 'Budapest' Reviews Round-Up.

The Toronto Star says: "The entire movie is like a giant, elaborately decorated cake, created by this most exacting of film craftsmen," whilst also observing that "there's an undercurrent of melancholy to The Grand Budapest Hotel that indicates how far Anderson has progressed from the studied irony of his early films."

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The Film Sees An All-Star Cast Come Together For A Surreal, 20th Century European Adventure.

The Boston Globe concurs: "Anderson is up to his old tricks but with a magnanimous new confidence that feels like a gift." Ty Burr does note that "['Budapest'] doesn't quite tap the emotional depths of "Moonrise Kingdom," but remarks upon the "Sheer joy" that Anderson and Co. have "taken in assembling their toy box, filling it with handcrafted effects and wind-up coincidences, and creating a unique, organic mixture of slapstick, bric-a-brac, and longing."

After enjoying a amll but very successful limited release last Friday, The Grand Budapest Hotel is ready to throw its doors open to the world and all the customers who will no doubt be delighted and mystified by what they find inside. The Grand Budapest Hotel is released in cinemas now.

The Grand Budapest Hotel Tony Revolori Saoirse Ronan
'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Is Out In Cinemas Now.


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