Captivating cinematography as well as committed characters are just some of the things you need to create a successful movie, and Wes Anderson has once again won over many of his devoted audience members with his new film The Grand Budapest Hotel. It follows the story of Gustave, the hotel’s concierge, whom is very popular among the ladies. A special one in particular is Madame D, who passes on during an unforeseen circumstance. When visiting her at the wake, he manages to smuggle a valuable painting that she left to him with the lobby boy of Grand Butapest Hotel, Zero. Not to long after, Gustave is accused of murdering Madame D and is promptly thrown in jail.
The story follows Gustave and Zero throughout their hysterical and occasionally terrifying journey. Gustave is played by Ralph Fiennes who wholeheartedly commits to the character’s story and the elite persona of Gustave. Tony Revolori plays the timid and scared Zero, who audiences are sure to fall in love with over the course of the film. The two play off of each other in such a wonderful way and their relationship grows to form an uncle-nephew type of bond. Aside from all of the frustrations Gustave faces, he never purposely tries to neglect Zero.
There are many aspects of the film that may be pleasing to audiences; the soundtrack, the gorgeous cinematography, and the simple yet compelling acting. But for some reason I felt like there was something missing. I felt as though maybe I was missing part of the story or there was something that was not exactly complete. One can assume that Wes Anderson did not purposely do this but I left the theater thinking that there was something I did not fully understand. This should not stop people from going to see it in theaters because it truly is a beautiful piece of work, per usual done by Wes Anderson.
By Natessa Storm