The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel ★★★★½

"You're looking so well, darling. You really are. They've done a marvelous job. I don't know what sort of cream they've put on you down at the morgue, but I want some."

The Grand Budapest Hotel is truly one of the most visually pleasing films I have ever seen with Wes Anderson's precision when it comes to detail in the cinematography, including the symmetrical frames in every single shot from beginning to end. It is a film that I have been avoiding for years before finally watching it sometime last year as the narrative didn't really interest me when I was younger, but I am now able to appreciate its sarcastic humor along with the fast-paced murder mystery storyline. The dialogue is also really cleverly written, especially when it comes to Ralph Fiennes as Monsieur Gustave whose comedic performance carried the film until the end. 

The characters other than Monsieur Gustave are all intriguing in their own way. Since they are so well-written, it was definitely able to add more fun to the plot which was especially exciting given that the viewer doesn't know what to expect next with its unusual and quirky style of storytelling which is truly different from other films out there. Overall, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a beautiful work of art with its gorgeous color palettes, costume and set designs which is probably a version of Wes Anderson's reality that is a joy to watch throughout its whole running time. The dark and unusual humor also helps to make this film more entertaining as well as re-watchable given how spectacularly some of the jokes have been written that always manage to make me smile.

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