THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
The Grand Budapest Hotel is a fun romp in a visually stunning setting with delightful performances that will have you laughing and smiling throughout the entire film. Wes Anderson has a unique visual style of his own that draws you into a world of intrigue and buffoonery on the simplest of subjects. With Anderson, you never know what to expect. As with his other films, Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tannebaums and The Darjeeling Limited, you get a host of eccentric characters with madcap storylines.
This film is rich in colorful, entertaining dialogue, written by Wes Anderson that transposes you geographically to a land as picturesque as the writing. The story is told through the eyes of an older writer, Tom Wilkinson, who recounts his stay at The Grand Budapest Hotel through the eyes of his younger self, Jude Law. The hotel itself is still grand in appearance but lacks guests and appears vacant except for the loyal few. One of which is Mr. Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham) who meets the young writer, takes him to dinner and tells him the story of his relationship to the hotel and how he became the owner.
As Moustafa begins to recount his story we are transported to into the world of the Grand Budapest Hotel circa 1930s. Moustafa, known as Zero (Tony Revolori) back then, reminisces about his first days at the hotel being hired as a lobby boy by the concierge, M. Gustave (magnificently played by Ralph Fiennes). Gustave is highly disciplined, critical, a sensualist and lover of both sexes that takes Zero under his wing to teach him to maintain the distinct details of being a superior hotel and in the treatment of guests. All of Gustave principles also apply to daily life. Zero learns and absorbs these teaching with an unquenchable thirst. As partners in crime they embody the master-student relationship which makes for hilarious interaction crafted with colorful, beautiful dialogue. Gustave is both a genius and an irresponsible adult.
On of Gustave’s lovers, Madame D.(played by the unrecognizable Tilda Swinton) is murdered and Gustave embarks on a trip to pay his last respects and find out if he is a beneficiary of her assets. Together, Gustave and Zero embark on a perilous romp that takes you into the world of intrigue as you become entrenched in a murder mystery. A slew of colorful, characters, Jeff Goldblum, Owen Wilson, Adrian Brody, Saoirse Ronan, Harvey Keitel, Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray and others, brighten up this film with their collective incredible talent creating memorable characters.
This film is packed with storylines and stunning, invigorating sequences that keep you glued to the screen. Anderson is a visionary. A brilliant, gifted storyteller that masterfully crafts original tales using past true to life themes and adventures and weaves them into an original tale that captivates the audience. This is one zany trip you dare not miss.
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Jude Law
Director: Wes Anderson
Company: Fox Searchlight
Now Showing: DVD, VOD
MPAA Rating: R (violence, some sexual content, language)