There exists no movie within recent memory that can match the level of creativity and original story telling which “The Grand Budapest Hotel” exhibits.
Undoubtedly the best performances are from actors Ralph Fiennes as Hotel owner M. Gustave and bell boy Tony Revolori as the main characters, but
the supporting cast includes the incomparable Bill Murray, William Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, and Owen Wilson. Those faces alone are worth the watch.
Told through a novel-like perspective in a series of flashbacks to a golden age of a hotel between the two World Wars, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” has a fun and imaginative perspective that seems surreal, told indirectly from an authors point of view. Grandiose chases, schemes, and outlandish events make for a well rounded story that is as entertaining as it is hilarious. It’s all well backed up by well made characters and fantastic scripting, and steadied by emotional and thought provoking development from incredibly interesting characters. Part Mystery/Drama/Comedy, Grand Budapest is an experience all about the journey, with enough realist elements to bring it down to earth and in your face to keep it lingering in your thoughts.
This was my first Wes Anderson movie, and I must say that I am a fan and look forward to his other work both past and future.