Film Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Once again, I'm not doing a Fandom Friday this week because last night, I finally got round to watching The Grand Budapest Hotel and I wanted to share my first impressions of it!

The Grand Budapest Hotel, tells the story of hotel conceirge, Gustav. H,  and his lobby boy, Zero, and their adventures in the Republic of Zubrowka and how they came to be the closest friends. The story is told from the perspective of an older version of Zero, who after meeting a young writer who's interested in how he got to where is today. Zero tells the story of how he started as a lobby boy, meeting Gustav, and everything that happens to them in the time he spends as a lobby boy. If you've  seen The Royal Tenenbaums, you will instantly recognise Wes Andersan's style of filmmaking. This film has a much more elaborated version of that style, lots of centred shots, lots of wide shots, lots of long shots, even the narration is the same style. However, I felt like this film, compared to The Royal Tenenbaums, was just too much for me. The hotel, every location, every detail in each shot, was so extravagant and stylised that it just felt like there was a lot of show, with nothing really behind it. The story was fine, it was just average and I actually found it quite boring at times, if not for Ralph Fiennes's occasionally funny lines. I did like the films ending, how it circled back to the beginning, I thought that was really nice and clever. I don't dislike Wes Anderson or his style, I just felt like it was too much for me in this film and I just couldn't get past it. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood to watch it. I can see why it was Oscar nominated though and in terms of the music and the costume design, it definitely deserved what it won.

If you haven't seen the film yet, here's the trailer:

Have you seen The Grand Budapest hotel? What did you think of it??

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