Wes Anderson’s Film: The Grand Budapest Hotel

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A witty and vibrant farce led by the mesmerizing Mr. Ralph Fiennes.

In The Grand Budapest Hotel, the eight and latest film written and directed by Wes Anderson, there are elements similar to his previous work which he is known for such as humorous dialogue, an ensemble cast, and long sweeping takes of vivid imagery. What sets this movie apart from the rest of Wes Anderson’s work was the masterful acting by Ralph Fiennes (pronounced Rafe). He wrote the part of concierge extraordinaire, Monsieur Gustav H., specifically for Mr. Fiennes.

I had a chance to see Mr. Fiennes live in William Shakespeare’s Richard II at the Almeida Theatre in London years ago. Angelina Jolie was seated behind us (preceding being Mrs. Brad Pitt). Shakespeare + Fiennes = Drama at its Peak. I believe I had another Ralph Fiennes sighting in Kensington Gardens as I was walking, taking photographs of a rare snowfall in the London park. I’m not sure if he was out for a run by the Round Pond that morning, but we locked eyes and exchanged smiles.

Ralph Fiennes is known for his dramatic work in Schindler’s List, The English Patient and more recently, in the Harry Potter movies. It was such a refreshing departure to witness his comedic timing as Monsieur Gustav, playing off his sidekick, Lobby Boy Zero Moustafa, played by Tony Revolori. You are swept away in their windy journey of master and his protégé, set in the fictional country of Zubrowka in the 1930s. An ode to the playful banter of classic cinema. It’s Wes Anderson’s best film to date. For the classically trained Ralph Fiennes, his light comedic touch and effortless quick wit result in one of his most outstanding performances.

Take a look at a video which illustrates how Wes Anderson composes his scenes from a center point of view. From a web design perspective, you can translate elements from Wes Anderson’s movies starting with “Pay attention to detail.”


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