The unmatched peculiarity of the dialogue, the kaleidoscope of colors, and the boundless absurdities of the characters – they define the work of filmmaker Wes Anderson. And though he already has a healthy cult following thanks to Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Life Aquatic, The Grand Budapest Hotel is the best film he’s ever made. More approachable than the rest while also not compromising his unique way of doing things, Budapest introduces us to a refined yet randy concierge (Ralph Fiennes), who must try to save his good name after being accused of murdering an aging heiress and frequent guest at his hotel. He busts out of a European prison with the help of a lobby boy (Tony Revolori), who reflects on the whole wild affair 30 years on. It’s the best movie of the year so far, a distinction it will likely hold for a while.
Director: Wes Anderson
Producer: Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson, Molly Cooper, Charlie Woebcken, Christoph Fisser and Henning Molfenter
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, F. Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson and Tony Revolori