I rarely watch movies. But recently, we went to the movie theatres, partly because it's been a while. So we decided to see Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, which has been on my radar lately. I love the fact that it is a Wes Anderson film, and that there is an ensemble cast spinning this comedy-drama film. Anyway, since there was a series of holidays recently, we decided to watch it.
This movie is set in an alternative-history Europe, in the country called Zubrowka, but to tell you the truth, it looks very much like Germany. It feels like southern Germany near the Alps. Anyway, that is beside the point. What I liked the most in this film is that there are plenty of characters, and they are all played by relatively well-known actors. But that being said, the actors are all made-up in a way that it is hard for them to be identified, except for a very few exceptions. I mean, really, Tilda Swinton plays the old Madame Desgoffe und Taxis?!
Anyway, it was almost two hours of fun, the whole theatre was laughing and bawling at times.
I also liked the cinematography of this film. The focus, the angles, everything was fantastic. I liked the fact that the camera always had the centre of the view as the focus, which makes the illusion that viewers are peeking into this visual tunnel, as all the action goes into this visual tube. I loved the comic parts of the movie, and I also like the fact that even though there are plenty of parts that were funny, they weren't slapstick nor farcical at all.
In the end, we enjoyed it. A lot. Totally recommended. This is not an action film, but something that would make you laugh and think at the same time. If you haven't seen it yet, go to the theatres and do so.