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|Originaltitel:||The Grand Budapest Hotel|
|Laufzeit:||About 100 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
A young writer (Jude Law) is fascinated by the formerly magnificent hotel in the Eastern European alpine state of Zubrowka, where he hopes to free himself from his writer's block. But he has no idea what a turbulent history lies within the venerable walls. When he meets the owner, Mr. Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham), and he reveals himself to be a great fan of the author, the writer hopes to learn more about the past of the aging house. And indeed, Mr. Moustafa agrees to tell him the whole story: from his beginnings as a little lobbyboy (Tony Revolori), who soon becomes the confidant of the idiosyncratic concierge Monsieur Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes). When a wealthy elderly lady, who has been a permanent guest in the hotel and in Monsieur Gustave's arms, dies and leaves him a valuable painting, a turbulent and dangerous adventure begins for the concierge and his lobbyboy, which does not have a happy ending due to the threatening changes caused by the upcoming war&.hellip;
Director Wes Anderson has over the years acquired his very own style, which gives his films a certain recognition value, but at the same time is always good for surprises. Whoever has seen "Rushmore", "Die Royal Tennenbaum" or "Moonrise Kingdom" will immediately recognize that "Grand Budapest Hotel" is a Wes Anderson film by the music or the play of the actors alone. Yet his idiosyncratic style never seems redundant or worn. Rather, his playful spinelessness and the genius of his pictorial compositions seem to increase from film to film. The means he uses for this are not really new. Anderson has already used painted backgrounds or stop motion effects in other works, especially in "Die Tiefseetaucher". But how Anderson plays with such elements here, how he uses colors or equipment to create small works of art with unbelievably many small details from individual shots, is simply brilliant.
As so often the director lets the illustrious cast perform his dialogues almost emotionlessly, from which many scenes get their joke. However, this is also one of the reasons why Wes Anderson movies have a character that is too special for many viewers. What his fans regard as wonderfully weird and imaginative is absolutely inaccessible to others. And even though "Grand Budapest Hotel" has a certain mainstream suitability, its own humour is likely to divide the spirits again. But anyone who appreciates Anderson's style is offered a wonderful work that is bursting with wit and originality. The script is full of great moments and perfectly composed battles of words, which are transported to the screen in amused perfection by the prominent cast of actors. Ralph Fiennes, who recites the quirks of Monsieur Gustave H with a highly sophisticated elegance that makes even small failures of a somewhat coarser kind sound like the finest high culture, deserves special mention.
However, Tony Revolori as a young lobbyboy plays the actual leading role. The fact that in his cinema debut he does not let himself be played against the wall by seasoned professionals such as Fiennes, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton or Owen Wilson not only testifies to the Californian's talent but also to Wes Anderson's perfectly coordinated actor choreography. So it's no wonder that he managed to win so many prominent actors even for mini-performances. Because Anderson perfectly manages to fill even the smallest moments with genius in such a way that even the shortest performance is striking and memorable.
"Grand Budapest Hotel" is a great movie on many levels. Apart from the visual level, which alone invites you to watch the movie several times, it's especially the script and the actors that push the entertainment value to such an extent that you get the feeling that you can't get enough of this movie. Anyone who has had little to do with Wes Anderson's films so far will certainly not be able to comprehend these praises. But those who already liked the director's earlier films will definitely love this comedy. And for that there is a more than deserved one: Absolutely worth seeing!
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