The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

directorWes Anderson|producerWes Anderson Eli Bush(co-producer) Jeremy Dawson Jane Frazer(co-producer) Octavia Peissel(associate producer) Steven M. Rales Scott Rudin|writer(inspired by the works of) Stefan Zweig Wes Anderson Hugo Guinness Wes Anderson(screenplay)|castRalph Fiennes F. Murray Abraham Tony Revolori Mathieu Amalric Adrien Brody Jude Law Willem Dafoe Jeff Goldblum Edward Norton Harvey Keitel Bill Murray Saoirse Ronan Jason Schwartzman Tilda Swinton Tom Wilkinson Owen Wilson Lea Seydoux Giselda Volodi|cameraRobert D. Yeoman|musicAlexandre Desplat|editingBarney Pilling|production designerAdam Stockhausen|set decoratorAnna Pinnock|art directorStephan O. Gessler(lead art director) Gerald Sullivan(supervising art director) Nathan Parker Steve Summersgill|costumeMilena Canonero|makeupHeike Merker(MU&H supervisor) Daniela Skala(MU&H artist) Frances Hannon(hair & prosthetics designer) Mark Coulier(prosthetics makeup designer) Andrea Leanza(prosthetic sculptor) Duncan Jarman(key prosthetics MU artist) Richard Glass(contact lens optician) Jemma Scott-Knox-Gore(contact lens coordinator) Colum Mangan(effects/workshop technician) Chris Lyons(sfx teeth) David Malinowski & Leon Smikle(special MU effects artists)|soundWayne Lemmer(supervising sound editor) Richard Lovell(sound mix technician) Scott Levine(digital editorial services) Pawel Wdowczak(sound mixer)|castingDouglas Aibel Jina Jay|productionScott Rudin Productions Indian Paintbrush Studio Babelsberg American Empirical Pictures(co-production) (made in association with) TSG Entertainment|distributionFox Searchlight Pictures|year2014|length100’|genrecomedy adventure drama|spoken languageEnglish|subtitlesSRT file(English)|countryUK Germany

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Hindi nakakagulat na instant classic itong bago ni Wes Anderson. Parang everything he previously did all led up to this one eh. Parang masterpiece, kumbaga. The guy’s signature visual-feast-narrative is especially quaint here. His love for unlikely units and imagined heirarchies within them come into play yet again, setting its sights on the thankless professions of hospitality this time around. And, as always din, lahat ng caricatures in this postcard-worthy film ay dapper at dandy – kahit yung isang shirtless doodled grandpa. Sa mga aktor, noteworthy si Ralph Fiennes for meeting the standard set by the production and story. Ibang klase ang hugot niya dito’t ang natural at effective niya in character. F. Murray Abraham, Tom Wilkinson and Jude Law all are golden not just in their acting, kundi pati sa mesmerizing narrations nila. Lastly, I was surprised with how engaging and good the story was. I started watching na may certain expectations dahil isa nga itong Wes Anderson. Expectations like, “Masarap sa mata ang gift wrap at ribbons, pero walang laman ang kahon”. And I’ve never been more happy for being proven wrong about a movie. It was an experience that commands your whole attention and engages your whole being. It was cinema, the way it should be.

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