A grand affair
Moreover, a Wes Anderson movie is seldom about the plot than it is about the character development and dynamics. And it’s amazing to see dozens of your favourite actors popping in and out of the fi lm for signifi cant roles, best of which is Adrien Brody as a ruthless and wannabe heir named Dimitri. Not to mention Jeff Goldblum making a terrifi c return as a lawyer, the young Saoirse Ronan as a pastry chef and Harvey Keitel as a crazy prisoner. Anderson regulars Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson also cameo as does Willem Dafoe who is hilarious as a baddie flaunting boots and Dracula teeth. Ralph Fiennes appears in perhaps his best, most memorable role since Schindler’s List with a deeply touching performance.
The visuals will blow you away with their ornate intricate design, but they’re softly toned rather than loud. The hotel itself is a living, breathing entity rather than a mere set piece — it looks like a giant bakery item and is pretty incredible, to say the least. There are so many imaginative elements within the confi nes of the hotel that you could take some of them and create spinoffs of some kind. Alexandre Desplat’s music maintains a bizarrely playful tone as the fi lm sprints from one unpredictable subplot to another. It’s hard to pinpoint the film’s influences, but it’s easy to see that it remains remarkable and distinctly Wes Anderson in fl avour. It’s funny, it’s fascinating, it’s unique, but most importantly, it’s also a lovely nod to the one aspect that draws disparate humans together — art.