1174: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Rating: 10/10

I was going to give this a 9.5 instead but I honestly couldn’t think of a reason to even take off half a star. I would say this is nearly a perfect movie, at least for me. It was so creative, as all Wes Anderson movies are. It was a fun-filled adventure and comedy from start to finish, even though much of the subject matter is very serious. I mean, if you looked at this film from a distance it would have all kinds of nasty stuff including: murder, being framed for murder, wars, people dying because of the war, William Dafoe killing everyone for…reasons, having to escape prison before William Dafoe murders you, etc.

But, despite all this nasty stuff going on, it just felt like a good time. The music helped, always capturing the live-action-cartoon feel of the film. One of the things I found interesting was that there were two stories going on, one with Jude Law talking to an old Zero (played by F. Murray Abraham) in the past and then we travel further to the past in order to discover the true story of the Grand Budapest Hotel. The camera dimensions change when we go back, and it seems to use camera techniques and story-design ideas and stunts that you would be more likely to see in something from the silent-film era than from today, but with the mindset of today, it makes something that is truly original and awesome.

If you’re a Wes Anderson fan, or just a fan of fun movies, you really can’t go wrong with this one.

why i think it is on the list: Wes Anderson is a wholly original director. Each of his movies is completely different from one another. This movie combines his originality with movies of the silent era, and it’s just so much fun. It shows you a way to make movies which is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

3 thoughts on “1174: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

  1. Own this movie but haven’t watched it, super excited to check it out.

    Do you think your viewing was different given your having watched a few silent movies lately?

    Sounds like the film is a well-considered blend of styles.

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    1. I’ve owned it since it came out on Blu-ray and only just watched it the first time last night. I’m not sure why I took so long…

      I think so, yes, about the silent movies. When the movie shifts back to the 30s the movie switched to “full screen” which I understood right away that’s because that’s the types of cameras they had back then and immediately started to recognize the choices for camera angles and cinematography matching the style of the time. I don’t think you need to know those things to enjoy the movie though, but I’m glad I was watching those types of movies already and was familiar with it before I watched this one 🙂


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