Grant Paulsen’s review published on Letterboxd:
“You see, there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity. Indeed that's what we provide in our own modest, humble, insignificant... oh, fuck it.”
Let me just say this up front. This is a movie about a girl, who reads a book about a man, who heard a story about a boy, who met a man who ran a hotel, and that very hotel is what the story, the book, and the movie are named after. It’s literally a story within a story within a story.
In all seriousness, Wes Anderson has gifted us with one of the most creative and stylistic films I’ve ever seen. Every single frame is meticulously coordinated and it’s all very symmetric in nature. All this coming from a filmmaker who has complete control over his craft. The filmmaking is just so creative and unique. Every single shot is a feast for the eyes, and every single frame looks like a symmetric painting. There is so much precision directing and cinematography. Every pan and zoom shot is meticulously placed and all the actors work wonderfully with his very distinct style.
And going beyond the absolute feast that is the filmmaking on display, the story is just very engaging, hilarious, and incredibly suspenseful at times, which was a surprise to me. The editing and production design were immaculate. All the characters and their dynamics are very lovable and an absolute joy to watch. Ralph Fiennes absolutely steels the show, this is definitely one of my favorite performances of his and I think his performance was definitely one of the most overlooked ones of 2014. And I thought the themes present in this film surrounding fascism, friendship, loyalty, and nostalgia were very interesting, and beyond that this film was just fun as hell and very enjoyable. Also this film has what is the best score Alexandre Desplat has ever composed.
What an utter delight of a film. I’ve already seen Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) and Isle of Dogs (2018), which were fantastic, but Wes Anderson has definitely peaked with this beautiful film. So much thought and passion went into crafting this visual masterpiece. What a picture.
Thank you Marcus and Thought for the recommendation.
“She’s been murdered, and you think I did it...”