The Grand Budapest Hotel (dir. Wes Anderson, 2014) – Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, goes on an adventure with Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
The most singular and bracing adventure, The Grand Budapest Hotel deserves to linger like strong-scented perfume.
Every building has a story. The Grand Budapest Hotel is no different. Those adventures behind its soft pink walls may have been forgotten, if the Author had not met Zero Moustafa by virtue of his congenital curiosity.
It is there in Zero’s memory as a young lobby boy (newcomer Tony Revolori) that we meet the famed concierge Mr Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), a man of unmatched genteel nature and incidentally a great lust spurred by odd taste. The unlikely pair becomes fast friends in their tangled path to unriddle a murder mystery.
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Moonrise Kingdom (dir. Wes Anderson, 2012) – In 1965, a young boy scout runs away on an escapade with his young lover, as the town mobilises a search party.
Take another magical trip back into Wes Anderson’s distinctive and fantastical world, where traces of bygone childhood and memories of first love await to be rediscovered.
Everyone needs to visit the world of Wes Anderson at least once in their lifetime. The auteur litters the ground with colourful characters and paints the sky with pastel colours of fantastical beauty. There is really no place quite like it. When it comes to an Anderson film, we are never just watching a movie. We are living a story.
Sometimes this cinematic experience can be too vibrant and bright, almost cartoon-like. It can be real yet somehow surreal, at times even absurd. His short career consists of just seven films, and in every one of them, it is difficult to draw the line where fantasy ends and reality begins. There is no doubt an arresting beauty to that.
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