THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL   (2014)

 

 

Director: Wes Anderson
Writer(s):  Wes Anderson (screenplay) inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amairic, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Tony Revolori…

Genre: Adventure/Comedy/Drama/Crime-Mystery
MPAA Rating: R for language, some sexual content, and violence
Run time: 99 minutes
Price: $29.98

 

Reviewed by Cherie Jung
(December, 2015)

 

It’s a quirky little movie.

Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes) is a legendary concierge at the famed Grand Budapest Hotel located in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka, between the first and second World Wars. Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), the new lobby boy, becomes Gustave’s friend and together they share an exciting and often harrowing adventure.

The plot involves the theft and recovery of an underappreciated but priceless Renaissance painting and the mentor/protégé relationship that develops between Gustave and Zero as the plot thickens.

To call it a mystery might stretch credulity for some, but it does have an art theft, a dodgy Last Will & Testament, a prison escape, more than one murder, deceit, a life or death chase or two, and a con or two going on. To be sure it’s a quirky little movie but I already said that. It’s also humorous, touching, and sad.

There is so much packed into this film – endearing characters, witty dialogue, elegant settings, exquisite cinematography – all delivered in a breath-taking speed. You must watch the film more than once to pick up on all the nuances.



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