Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom) has been one of my favorite directors of all time ever since I saw Fantastic Mr. Fox. I have seen his purely animated triumph more times than I can remember and have enjoyed every single one of his films including his Freshman outing Bottle Rocket.
Every time I watch one of his movies I become a better filmmaker in one way or another; due to color palette, shot framing, or creating a whole world of its own.
With a stroke of genius, Anderson brings together an ensemble cast and writes perfect characters for minor roles played by Owen Wilson (The Internship), Bill Murray (Monuments Men), Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive), Edward Norton (Moonrise Kingdom), Adrien Brody (Midnight in Paris), Jeff Goldblum (Morning Glory), William Defoe (The Hunter) Saoirse Ronan (Muppets Most Wanted) and Jason Schwartzman (Saving Mr. Banks). Each of them support Ralph Fiennes (Starfall) and newcomer Tony Revolori as they lead the cross country adventure to discover the murderer of Fiennes’s late older lover.
With high expectations and little knowledge about the major plot points outside the hotel itself, The Grand Budapest Hotel is easily my favorite movie of the year to date. When a director literally takes a paint brush and builds a world around his characters, opposed to dropping characters in a world, greatness is created. Every single frame could be its own painting with actors disappearing and characters reemerging as the tragic comedy emotionally grips your imagination.
By: Jonny Havey | Producer