Director: Wes Anderson
Original Release: 2014
Choice: My Wife's
My Overall Rating: 4 stars out of 5
The story itself is not enough to bring me back for a repeat viewing. Instead, the top-notch acting and the world class visual presentation are the selling points. Not for nothing, The Grand Budapest Hotel swept the art Oscars: Best Production Design, Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling (Best Original Score, too, for good measure). Every frame is rich with color and texture. The story is told in three different timelines, each with its own aspect ratio. The main story, in fact, is shot in portrait orientation rather than landscape - usually a no-no but somehow it works here, makes everything and everyone seem taller. Not a bad thing in a film with a mountainous setting and a tall and lanky cast.