The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)Marvelously entertaining caper romp, with wisps of poignancy in the… More Marvelously entertaining caper romp, with wisps of poignancy in the right moments that aren't falsely contrived like in earlier Anderson efforts. GBH is hilarious and dark, beaconed by Ralph Fiennes' tremendous comic energy and wit. There's not a lot of character depth going on that we find in Wes Anderson's stronger films (Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tenenbaums), but there are enough beats to color the pages of his hallmark picture book visual style meaningfully. The caper format, too, allows the story to hurdle forward without forcing emotions, letting the director to cadence things with a rollicking mixture of whimsy, jokiness and tension. The Grand Budapest Hotel is a manic extension of many recognizable Wes Anderson quirks, like an eclectic playset with bonus accessories for all the dolls within, but the chaos is grounded enough to follow to linear story milestones, with a glaze of wistfulness, a simplified experience in a sense but no less rewarding. It lives on the edges of his best work, in my opinion.
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