Justin Peterson’s review published on Letterboxd:
Criterion Collection Spine #1025
The Grand Budapest Hotel delivers the best of Wes Anderson, with its hilarious frantic pacing, quirky characters, and dazzling storybook visuals.
"Did he just throw my cat out of the window?"
Here are just a few reasons why this is my favorite Wes Anderson movie. Quick Hits style:
- That .gif of Ralph Fiennes starting to run away from the soldiers in the lobby is priceless! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
- Only Wes Anderson can get away with being so convoluted to kick a story off by introducing it through three levels of narrators
- So many great bold uses of piny, yellow, purple and red
- I just love how he takes scenes that look like they were pulled right from one of his stop motion films, and blends them together with live-action. Like that tower in the mountains shot at the beginning
- Gustave's lust for older woman ... eeek
- That jazz percussion beat in the score creates some great frantic pacing. that always makes it feels like it is propelling the story forward
- Blink and you would miss it, but that is such a great simple shot when we see Zero wheeling a guest through this arched corridor
- Zero drawing on his mustache
- So so many great small performances from Anderson alumni ranging from Edward Norton with that great mustache as a military leader, Jeff Goldblum doing his thing!, Willem Dafoe with that creepy ass expression as an assassin, and who doesn't like seeing Bill Murray?
- "I go to bed with all my friends." Followed by a series of guys getting punched in the face LOL
- So many wonderfully composed symmetric shots, and scenes of the camera following along as Gustave and his Lobby Boy make a break for it
- That older Lesbian picture they put up in place of 'Boy With Apple' lol
- That gorgeous shot of the prison against the snowy landscape by a creek, which then leads to that enormous door gag
- 'Paddington 2' wishes its prison scenes were this good
- Harvey Keitel's unusual prisoner character with his bouncing chest muscles
- Saoirse Ronan is a delight, especially with that close-up of those spinning lights behind her
- The escapees quickly chipping their way out of prison with their little hammers
- That part where they go zipping off into the snow on skis and a sled ... is for my money the best action sequence Wes has ever directed
I could go on and on, but my words don't even come close to capturing the dazzling visuals and quirky fun of this fine fine film from Wes Anderson.
"There are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity... He was one of them. What more is there to say?"
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