With the Academy Awards soon approaching I thought it best to bring up some of my favourite films that have been nominated & with The Grand Budapest Hotel one of the films leading the way with nominations I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to discuss why this film is crazy good and why the graphic design in this film alone deserves a life time achievement award, all in it's own right!
Directed, produced and written by the genius Wes Anderson and featuring an all star cast - from Tilda Swindon to Bill Murray and Ralph Fines (yes Voldemort) - they make up a crazy good cast of talented folk.
So what is it all about....?
Primarily set in 1932 in the fictional location of the Republic of Zubrowka, somewhere in the middle of Central Europe. Featured around the Grand Budapest Hotel and its staff and guests. The story follows the Grand Budapest's concierge Monsieur Gustave H. A Devoted employee who loves the hotel and all of its guests, the older women guests especially love Gustave, due to the "special attention" he gives them. One particular guest, a Madame Céline Villeneuve Desgoffe und Taxis (Madame D) unfortunately dies and all fingers begin to point to one Monsieur Gustave. While attending Madame D's wake and will reading a valuable possession falls into Monsieur Gustave's hands, much to the dislike of many people. So Gustave is on the run to clear his name and save his pricey possession.
One thing I absolutely adore about this film is the art direction and creative freedom in shooting styles. I like to think of the production as a mixed media collage of filming styles all working perfectly in sync with one another. The graphic design takes the film to a whole new level of believability. It feels so real, as if all the newspapers, hotel decor, signage and bakery packaging were all real and were on location. Annie Atkins has done a ridiculously good job *tips imaginary designers hat in appreciation*. Designing every single graphic design detail, some of it you probably will not even notice as it fits seamlessly into its surroundings. If there was an Oscar for Graphic Design within a Film, GBH would be the front runner and a tough act to follow.
With superb art direction, a sublime cast amazing, location and the creative driving force that is Mr Anderson, this film deserves all of the critical acclaim it has received & more. I can definitely see this film becoming a cult classic with a severe creative twist. It defiantly has upped the standard for creativity and expression shown through film. Although I haven't seen the other top nominated films by the Academy this year, such as Birdman & The Imitation Game, I see this as my front runner. It is so unique and a breath of fresh cinema air, so to speak.
What are your thoughts on The Grand Budapest Hotel? Comment below. Did you love it or hate it?
I cannot wait for Wes Andersons next cinematic piece!