The movie Grand Budapest Hotel is an ode to the visual power of symmetry. Wes Anderson’s latest is nothing but pure visual exuberance. Over years Wes Anderson has created his own style of filmmaking and has long established himself as one of the most influential moviemakers of the modern era. No wonder, so many top ranked stars have agreed to do little cameos in his latest. For some strange reason the movie reminded me of Abbas Kiarostami’s The wind will carry us. Simply because watching that movie by the famous Persian director was also a strong visual experience.
However, what really grabs one’s attention is the visual beauty that each and every frame of the movie exudes. Almost every frame looks like a perfect picture postcard. In fact, in the age of 3-D, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ sincerely attempts to remain 2-D and exploit its beauty in every possible way. The most interesting aspect in its cinematography is the symmetry in almost every frame. Every frame is just perfect. Different geometric shapes are just perfectly placed in almost each and every frame. Architectural Digest magazine has made an interesting attempt to understand and explore some of its sets. Swide magazine has tried to explore the sites that inspired the imaginary Republic of Zubrowka and the Grand Budapest Hotel. It’s said that the real charm of cinema is in the asymmetry. The reason why so many of us get mesmerized by 3-D images is because it reveals the unevenness – asymmetry of the world surrounding us in a very effective manner. It’s so much close to reality. On the other hand what Grand Budapest does very effectively is not to be real at all. It creates this wonderful world of symmetry and visual perfection and preserves it with care till the end.
But why? In fact, in the last sequence of the film there is a beautiful dialogue. Character of Mustafa (F. Murray Abraham) talks about M.Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) and says, “..To be frank, I think his world had vanished long before he ever entered it – but, I will say: he certainly sustained the illusion with a marvelous grace! ” And at that moment it struck me, “that’s what the movie had been trying to do all the while…” – Sustain the illusion with grace, class and beauty, of a world that had vanished long long before we ever entered it!
Thanks you Mr. Anderson!