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This film is excellent. Classic Wes Anderson in the quirky style, garish colours and uniquely unforgettable characters. In my opinion, this is his best film yet. Funny, fast paced and unbelievable at times, this is a film to watch over and over again! Would also recommend Moonrise Kingdom for a similar cinematic experience. 10/10!
Let me get one grumble out of the way - the audio and subtitles cannot be changed on the fly, one must go back into the main menu and start again. This is irritating if one wishes to switch subtitle etc mid movie and I cannot work out why this should have been so engineered. This is almost the only disc in my substantial Blu-ray collection like this. Otherwise this is a hilarious fast moving spoof and needs to be seen several times if you want to have a hope of following the convoluted tale! Vey eccentric and great fun.
First things first - If you hate the Wes Anderson style of direction you may hate this film most of all, as it's pretty much the purest distillation of all of Anderson's tricks and tropes. Painstakingly symmetrical scenes, tracking shots galore, this is pure kooky beauty. For those of us who love him though, the film's an absolute treat, with a fantastic script anchored by a huge and talented cast (With Fiennes turning in an Oscar worthy lead performance). It's probably his most beautiful film yet, with a fantastic use of miniatures and intricate sets to create some of his most memorable locations ever, with the titular hotel a particular treat to the senses. A witty, poignant and visually striking delight from start to finish, it's arguably Anderson's best film yet and looks fantastic on Blu-Ray.
Quirky & eccentric period comedy about an unlikely friendship between a proud & meticulous concierge of the Grand Budapest Hotel and his newly hired fledgling lobby boy. The fast paced story follows their adventures with regards to a stolen painting and the film is littered with unpredictable casting in curious roles. Needless to say, Ralphe Fiennes excels. It received a number of BAFTA awards & is well worth adding to your collection of alternative comedies
Fabulous, hilarious, great acting, mad story. I loved it! I especially liked the bizarre colours, camera angles and scenes of people racing from one side to the other of the screen. Stars include the always great Adrian Brody, as the villain, Saoirse Ronan as a dubiously innocent young innocent, Ralph Fiennes as the ultimate hotelier and Tony Revelor as the wide-eyed hero. Anyone who loves Amelie and Little Miss Sunshine has a good chance of loving The Grand Budapest Hotel.
I didn't know what to expect from this film so delayed watching for a while. What a wonderful surprise it turned out to be. A truly brilliant piece of entertainment. Superb acting performances from the main characters with some excellent small cameo roles from several notable actors. Both set and costume design was stunning as was the photography. I enjoyed it from beginning to end and will watch this again as it is one of those great films that keeps revealing more each time its viewed.
Funny, surreal masterpiece of comic timing. Have viewed this several times on TV and bought this for a present for who doesn't love a good laugh? The action takes place in the hotel where Ralph Fiennes is the manager and Tony Revolori the porter with cameo performances from a host of famous stars. I can't begin to explain the story but be assured that you'll be taken on a magical journey.
Wes Anderson turns each scene into a work of art. Gorgeous colour palettes, carefully set scenes are like framed works of art. Cinematography at it's very best.
Ralph Feinnes offers the majority of the laughs. His character is overly debonair. It has cameos by many famous actors which merge well within the full cast of the film.
I saw this in the cinema and was desperate to see it again and pre-ordered it. It's a film you will want to see more than once - both for pleasure but also for the many observations that will have been missed the first time round.
What a joy this film is. Coming originally from the very Budapest it caricatures, having know its "Grand Hotels" - and what became of them during the Communist era, I was delighted by the carefully observed visual excesses. But even more by the casting and characters and their balleting mayhem of a story, which for surreal pacing and amazing chorreorgraphy seems to me to owe so much to Wallace and Gromit and before them, of course, to Monty PYthon. Wondeful!