Movie Review: Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel

While theaters are usually filled with countless action films and adaptations of the next dystopian trilogy, one movie currently stands out as a creative oasis for lovers of all things quirky. Wes Anderson has done it again with his new movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, which was released in early March of this year.

Photo by 20th Century Fox Productions

Photo by 20th Century Fox Productions

His newest movie tells the story of — you guessed it — the history of The Grand Budapest Hotel. It follows the story of the newest lobby boy, Zero, as he works through the hotel ranks under the mentorship of Gustave H. The plot is set between two civil wars in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka (inspired by a spa city in the Czech Republic). As per usual in a Wes Anderson film, chaos ensues, young love occurs, and by the end of the film, Zero and Gustave have been through countless ordeals that leave them with rich stories to tell later on in their lives. The main problems the plot follows is Zero climbing the ranks as a lobby boy, falling in love with the nearby baker’s daughter, and a mysterious deed that grants a well-known art piece to Gustave H., leaving the family of the deceased very angry and willing to seek revenge.

While I don’t want to give away the entire plot of the film, I do want to advertise one thing: This film is a must-see for this season if you’re bored of watching action scene after action scene and having typical montages about what Hollywood thinks typical teen life is like. When I watch a Wes Anderson film, I know I’m in for a treat filled with rich colors, intriguing characters, and Anderson’s typical centered filming style. I won’t lie and tell you that this is my first Wes Anderson film, as I became obsessed with his film style after the buzz about Moonrise Kingdom in 2012. After seeing it in theaters, I understood what all the fuss is about. Like no other, Anderson’s stylistic approaches are difficult to describe, to the extent that he’s carved out his own niche in the film industry to create his quirky movies. Not only does he introduce new talent (Such as both leads in Moonrise Kingdom and Zero in The Grand Budapest Hotel), but he also works with a permanent group of actors including Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman and Ralph Fiennes. Most people I meet have a love or hate relationship with Wes (who is also a Houston native!): They either love his works and religiously attend the openings every time a new film is released (like myself), or they hate his quirky and weird approaches to special effects. The only way to figure out which category you fall under is to see one of his films, and The Grand Budapest Hotel is a great introduction to the unique film style of Wes Anderson.

The Grand Budapest Hotel was released on March 7, 2014. It is rated R.

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