☆ sophie ☆’s review published on Letterboxd:
'The Grand Budapest Hotel' is my favorite Wes Anderson film to date. It was the first Wes Anderson film I ever saw too. The story to 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' is very original and unique, and some may even say strange. And as the movie goes on, the story only gets wilder and wilder. The film is often very hilarious, with some dark humor thrown in there as well. Characters are extremely well written, with the bond between Gustave and Zero being the backbone of the whole movie. The film features an odd narrative structure that works very well for the film, again adding to the uniqueness and freshness of it.
'The Grand Budapest Hotel' has Wes Anderson written all over it, down to its very core. If you know his style, then you know what to expect, as this movie is full of it. Thankfully though, it's not a case of style over substance, with a great story to accompany the gorgeous visuals. The color palette is beautiful; it's nice to see lots of bright colors when so many other films are so dark and dreary. In addition, the set design and costumes are perfect, and there's so much attention to detail within the sets. The cinematography is phenomenal, and I like how the film was presented in different aspect ratios. I've said it before, and I'll repeat it, Anderson's films are handled with such delicacy and detail, its always so satisfying to watch.
Alexandre Desplat also received an Oscar for his score, and with its hauntingly hypnotic and entrancing tones, it richly deserved it as to me, it was the best score of those nominated. Anderson directs superbly, and the story balances darkness and quirkiness to significant effect (the prison scene is unforgettable). It's never too simplistic or convoluted, though the visuals, dialogue, and performances make much more of an impact. The screenplay is a sublime mixture of the dark, the quirky, the witty, and the subtle delivered with rapid-fire. Overall, 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' is a visually stunning, hugely entertaining, wonderfully weird, and impeccably cast and acted film.