THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL by MAITE (LOW B2)
The Grand Budapest Hotel, a screwball comedy with Kafkaesque and absurd touches, was expertly written and directed in 2014 by Wes Anderson, who took inspiration in Stefan Zweig novels, putting in pictures his literary universe, and was nominated for nine Oscars in 2015, winning four. Starring Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori, the well-known cast includes a lot of major global players as Bill Murray, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Tom Wilkinson, Léa Seydoux and Bob Balaban.
The film unfolds in Central Europe, throughout interwar period of the XX century, and shows a time where the dream of united Europe fades because of the advance of totalitarianisms and its barbarism. It was set in some German cities, as Gorlitz and Dresden as well as other places of Saxony, Vienna, Prague and Budapest, where Anderson took inspiration to create the fictional city of Lutz, located in the invented Republic of Zubrowka, the name of a famous Polish vodka. The soundtrack was interpreted by fifty virtuous musicians, with infinity of Central European instruments, as balaikas and cymbals, instead of traditional orchestral ones
The story takes place in three different ages. It starts in 1985, when a writer (Tom Wilkinson) tells us that he stayed in Grand Budapest Hotel. Then, we see how the writer, arrived at the hotel, when he was younger, in a period in which it was declining, and met the owner (F. Murray Abraham), who, in a third tale, tells the hectic story of the hotel in 30’s, when it enjoyed its greatest splendour and was visited by rich ladies who always were searching the legendary concierge’s services, Mister Gustave (Ralph Fiennes). The dead of one of these rich lovers, will cause a heritance fight which leads a highly humorous plot with large doses of adrenaline along with a mad and brazen outcome.
In my opinion, this film is brilliant, stimulant, more complex than it appears with its underlying and interesting thoughts and its imperfect, realistic and beauty optimism. High-entertaining, very amusing, with an impeccable performance, it has enough quality for all to enjoy. I highly recommend it.
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