The Grand Budapest Hotel

Grand BudapestDirected by …. Wes Anderson
Writing Credits:
Wes Anderson … (screenplay)
Story …. Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness (inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig)
Music by …… Alexandre Desplat
Director of photography ….. Robert Yeoman

Runtime 100 min Color | Black and White
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1 (1930s scenes) 1.85 : 1 (1985- scenes) 2.35 : 1 (1960s scenes)
Camera: Arricam ST, Technovision/Cooke, Cooke S4, Varotal and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Shot on film: ARRI Film & TV Services, Berlin, Germany. 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 200T 5213)

Ralph Fiennes: M. Gustave
Tony Revolori: Zero
F. Murray Abraham: M. Moustafa
Mathieu Almalric: Serge X.
Bob Balaban: M. Martin
Adrien Brody: Dmitri
Willem Dafoe: Jopling
Jeff GoldblumL Dep. Kovacs
Harvey Keitel: Ludwig
Jude Law: Young Writer
Bill Murray: M. Ivan
Edward Norton: Henckels
Saoirse Ronan: Agatha
Jason Schwartzman: M. Jean
Léa Seydoux: Clotide
Twilda Swindon: Madame D
Tom Wilkenson: Author
Owen Wilson: M. Chuck

This is an astounding film. Wes Anderson is, in my opinion, one of the most talented people working today and I’m a fan of all of his movies. Moonrise Kingdom was my favorite film of 2012. Naturally, when I saw the cast list for Grand Budapest, I got very excited. When I went to see the film on opening night though, I left slightly disappointed. I loved the film and gave it an A+ as such, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that something was missing.
Now, months later, while I still don’t hold it in as high esteem as Moonrise, this is the best picture of the year (alongside Birdman (Or, the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)). For, I now realize that nothing was missing from this film, I had just gone into it with impossibly high expectations. In fact, the my expectations were so high, it’s a miracle I didn’t hate the movie all together.

 

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