The Grand Budapest Hotel

March 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

Last night, I was lucky enough to see The Grand Budapest Hotel and hear from the Production Designer, Adam StockHausen. Now I’m not the biggest movie buff (television will always be my main love), BUT I have to say that this film really made me appreciate the work that goes into a film.

Directed by Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a quick and witty film that’s weaved together with a stellar cast and beautiful aesthetics. His style is quite unlike anything I’ve really seen previously, but having explored it in this film, I now look forward to diving into his other works, like Moonrise Kingdom and Rushmore.

Apart from the stunning visual, I was most drawn by the large collection of eccentric characters and their on-point wit and occasional profanities. Most especially, I fell in love with M. Gustave, the legendary concierge of the Grand Budapest Hotel played by Ralph Fiennes (uh Voldemort, anyone?!). Exuding a melancholy nature and a sophistication that’s matched by outlandish behavior, Gustave is what he sometimes calls, “a glimmer of civilization in the barbaric slaughterhouse we know as humanity.”  Seeing the desolate remains of what was once an impressive and opulent hotel, that line has a much deeper and striking meaning.

I definitely recommend this movie to you guys. It’s fun and witty, with an undertone of sadness for the loss in grandeur and civility. Let me know how you guys like it! Would love to hear different opinions!

– Natsumi

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