I had the pleasure of seeing The Grand Budapest Hotel this past Thursday and it.was.so.good. If you’re a Wes Anderson fan, you will love this film. If you’re not a Wes Anderson fan, or have never seen any of his previous films, you will love The Grand Budapest Hotel. I can’t remember the last time I heard the audience actually applaud at the end of a film, but it definitely happened. The story and cast was fantastic, and favorites Willem Dafoe, Ed Norton, Adrien Brody and Ralph Fiennes did not disappoint. Tilda Swinton was also unrecognizable in the best way, and I loved Bill Murray’s brief appearance. But, as in all of Wes Anderson films, the visuals were the focus. The set design, art direction -every bit of imagery was stunning. And with graphic designer Annie Atkins at the helm, each object really made Zubrowsa come to life. I have a pretty short attention span, but I couldn’t look away, and I found myself trying to memorize the images on the screen. My verdict? Go see it. More than once. And visit the dedicated site and Tumblr for behind the scenes vignettes and more info. It was released in NYC and LA on March 7th, but hopefully it will see a wide release later in the month.