Can a film be at the same time funny, exciting, intelligent, poetic, violent, colorful and absurd? The answer can be found in the movie The Grand Budapest Hotel. It is because all these elements are present in this brilliant movie.
Ralph Fiennes character of Gustave H, the hotel’s superstar Concierge is such a joy to watch. He imbibes sophistication in his acting in which humor, action and drama were all mixed up in such a perfect balance. Aside from the great Fiennes, the film also boasts of master cameo performances by that of Adrien Brody, Willem Defoe, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton and a lot more. Presence of these superstars would definitely elicit giggles from the viewers by their mere simple recognition in the movie.
Because of the gorgeous colors, the engrossing story, the stunning visuals and the array of actors with bits of roles in the story, the movie feels like I was walking through one fantastic and extraordinary music video. I was like transported to the eloquent 1930s Europe of a different universe without the jet lag.
Aside from all these elements, what I particularly would like to rave about the movie are the well-crafted sparkling dialogues. Spoken especially by the engaging Gustave H. The set of words spoken by Gustave are like pieces of art works hanging in a museum. He can be very eloquently composed and can also be uproariously agitated. And because of his difficulty from balancing his temperament he ends up being sophisticatedly hilarious!
To prove my point here is the dialogue, a letter in fact, written by Gustave H to his colleagues of the hotel when he was at the confines of a prison:
My dear and trusted colleagues,
I miss you deeply as I write from the confines of my regrettable and preposterous incarceration. Until I walk amongst you again as a free man, the Grand Budapest remains in your hands, as does its impeccable reputation. Keep it spotless, and glorify it. Take extra-special care of every little bitty bit of it as if I were watching over you like a hawk with a horse-whip in its talons, because I am. Should I discover a lapse of any variety during my absence, I promise swift and merciless justice will descend upon you. A great and noble house has been placed under your protection. Tell Zero if you see any funny business.
Your devoted Monsieur Gustave
The dialogues were so incredibly sharp, rich, witty and completely brilliant. In fact, because of the clever use of words in the dialogues, this is one of the few movies which would be worthy to be seen with subtitles.
No doubt, the Grand Budapest Hotel is one grand symphony of beauty. I truly enjoyed it!
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