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This is a beautiful and very entertaining film with a truly remarkable all star cast. Everybody who is anybody in the world of contemporary screen acting seems to be in this. But however enticing it is to see all those big names in the same film, the concept is not without its problems. Apart from Ralph Fiennes, the then practically unknown Tony Revolory and possibly Saoirse Ronan, the stars don't really get as much screen time as they deserve and I was left wanting to see more of most of them. Much more. Because the acting is flawless throughout. Down to the smallest supporting parts, everybody is on top of their game. And they all look absolutely fabulous in those amazing costumes.
Like the costumes, the sets are stunningly beautiful. Everything is so highly stylized as to be exaggerated - befitting for the setting inside a luxury hotel, a place where reality is suspended the moment you enter. Visually, the film is a masterpiece. Every frame is composed down to the last detail. It's a joy to watch. The story is fun, especially the more whimsical moments, but I must admit that I couldn't get emotionally invested in the fate of the characters. For me, this one is style over substance. Great entertainment, I enjoyed watching it, enjoyed Ralph Fiennes' amazing performance, loved the music, but the thing I remember most are the sets and costumes.
The DVD is lovely. It has English subtitles for those who may need them. Also included are the following extra features: - Mendl's Secret Recipe - Promotional Featurettes (Cast, Wes Anderson) - Stills Gallery - Theatrical Trailer
I’m not sure why I do this... Even though I have already seen this film through means of streaming, I still want to own it, and most probably never watch it. I think it’s a man thing, we like hunting, if not buffalo anymore then it’s records and dvds. The fact I bothered getting a hard copy means I think highly of it, as I’ve been scaling down my dvd collection of late. But this is not reversing the trend. So to all those collectors out there, it’s worth having in your collection in my opinion.
A breath of fresh air, originality, hilarity, and fine acting in this marvellous romp starting in the hallowed portals of the old world epitome of splendour and elegance The Hotel Budapest. The cast is superbly led by Ralph Fiennes, playing the hotel general manager who does whatever is necessary to keep his older female guests happy, contented and returning.
It is when one of his 'older very wealthy dear ladies' dies and leaves her considerable fortune to him, much to the anger of her very large extended family, that frantic events, murder and wild chases take place, that are in the tradition of The Blues Brothers, Indiana Jones and The Pirates of The Caribbean chaotic chase scenes.
'Hammy' overacting, earthy language, and exuberant fantasy-like sets are the order of the day in this film which is very funny, gripping and excellent entertainment.
For it's originality, panache, settings, and outstanding 'make-you-laugh' comedic values "Grand Budapest Hotel" richly and justifiably deserves several Oscars.
Enjoyed 5 mins and the rest went downhill. So thought this looked an hysterical watch from the trailer. Unfortunately, this film rates alongside my first long term relationship. I went into it, all excited and with great expectations, but unfortanately it was lacking, a bit like my ex:-(.
But then I love weird so this is right up my street. You can't look away from this film for a second. The sets are incredible huge windows into a brightly coloured and fast moving world. A tiny figure wrapped in fur hurries through the snow. A hotel manager watches from a tiny window to observe the staff in reception. Flamboyant and over dramatic. Blackly hilarious. Fascinating characters and a storyline that does anything except what you might expect.
Not my favorite Wes Anderson film but wonderful visually.the cinematography by Robert Yeoman is really stupendous as are the sets .The costumes are designed by the great Milena Canonero who I think is the modern Edith Head.She won the Oscar for her designs here. I find the story rather rambling but the performances by Ralph Fiennes in particular as well as the young Tony Revelori are well woth watching and the supporting cast give wonderful,character filled performances,especially Tilda Swinton.And worth mentioning Jude Law who is both amusing and restrained here. I do recommend this.I much prefer The Darjeeling Express which is my favorite movie of Wes's and the Royal Tennenbaums but this is great fun nevertheless. Worth the small investment !
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!