My rating: 9
IMDB rating: 8.3
I am truly afraid to write about this film. I think that this film firstly requires more than one viewing, most certainly, but more than that I feel that this film is quite a turning point for my favorite director, Wes Anderson. Why then, does this frighten me?
Anderson’s off-beat, fast shot-reverse-shot, one line dialogues has suddenly entered the commercial film world with this beautifully crafted extravagant wonder of a film. But is this not a dangerous path that Anderson is heading down? Commercialism is a mistress very few survive. And I fear for Anderson’s unique, indie-type of loveliness.
With this film Anderson brings back many of his favourites like Adrien Brody (so funny!), Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman. But he also introduces new hits like Tony Revolori and Saoirse Ronan and it feels like all the roles were written for each of these people.
This movie has the most beautiful scenes and cinematography. The luxurious old hotel makes the most beautiful background for this magically told story. And the relationships between these characters, the hotel and the beautiful snowy setting of Budapest really comes together in a fairytale-type of way.
Anderson once again uses some of his previous innovative spaces in this film; the train (Darjeeling Limited), town-house (Royal Tenenbaums) and the music tradition of Anderson’s previous films is also continued in this masterpiece.
The use of colour in this film, although very suggestive of the questionable sexuality of Monsieur Gustave, is a very effective ‘character’ in this film that serves as not only a cinematographic tool, but also forms part of the narrative.
Although not my favourite of Anderson’s films, I extremely enjoyed this lovely, extravagant, display of Anderson’s wealth of imagination.
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