By Megan Bianco
One of the most aesthetically recognizable filmmakers of our time has his own niche of frequent collaborators, colorful set decorations and retro soundtracks.
Wes Anderson’s newest feature, titled The Grand Budapest Hotel, is also his grandest, most extravagant, artistic and star-studded film to date. For those wondering where they can find 2014’s first masterpiece, look no further.
In 1932, in the fictional Eastern European country of Zubrowka, a teenager named Zero (Tony Revolori) becomes the new lobby boy of the Grand Budapest Hotel and sees firsthand how concierge M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) runs the place.
After a month in the job, Zero and his boss are dragged into the investigation of the mysterious death of Gustave’s older lover, Madame D. (Tilda Swinton). The two go on the run from her greedy son Dmitri (Adrien Brody) and Dmitri’s hired assassin (Willem Dafoe) when it’s discovered Gustave is left some belongings in the Madame’s will.
Saoirse Ronan, Jude Law, Edward Norton, Léa Seydoux, Jeff Golblum and Anderson regulars Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson appear throughout.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is a film that is surprisingly charming and clever yet adult oriented in its art and narrative. The film shows a director who is completely at home in his craft for his fans to enjoy but also manages to attract other viewers.
Though the cast may seem too crowded, Fiennes and Revolori shine brightest in this grand affair.