The Grand Budapest Hotel

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The Grand Budapest Hotel Review


Wes Anderson's entertaining filmmaking style clicks beautifully into focus for this comical adventure. Films like The Darjeeling Limited and Moonrise Kingdom are packed with amazing detail and terrific characters, but this movie is on another level entirely: fast, smart and engaging, packed with both silly slapstick and intelligent gags. And the sprawling cast is simply wonderful.

It's a story within a story within a story, as an author (Wilkinson) narrates the tale of his 1968 conversation as a young writer (Law) with ageing hotelier Zero (Abraham), who in turn recounts his life as a lobby boy in 1932. Young Zero (Revolori) learned his craft alongside legendary concierge Gustave (Fiennes) at the Grand Budapest Hotel somewhere in Middle Europe, and stuck by Gustave's side when he became embroiled in an inheritance battle with a spoiled heir (Brody) and his evil henchman (Dafoe). As things get increasingly nasty, Zero and his baker girlfriend (Ronan) help Gustave fight for justice, and when that doesn't work he helps orchestrate an elaborate prison escape. Meanwhile, war breaks out twice across Europe.

The double flashback structure makes this a film about the power of storytelling itself, and even more potent is the reminder that we need to remember the old ways, especially as the world changes around us. This simple idea is woven so cleverly into the DNA of the script that it continually takes our breath away, conveying the true importance of history and nostalgia. At the centre, Fiennes gives his best-ever performance, showing a real gift for comedy (who knew?) as he makes the bristly Gustave deeply likeable. His camaraderie with newcomer Revolori is priceless, as are the cameos from an array of Anderson veterans including Murray, Wilson and the always astonishing Swinton.

Anderson keeps everything moving so briskly that we immediately want to see it again, simply to take in all of the details. The plot barely pauses for breath as it races through exciting action, goofy slapstick and dark drama, all infused with Anderson's wry humour. And it looks utterly gorgeous, as production designer Adam Stockhausen heightens reality to an almost mythical level. And as scenes evoke our own personal memories and thoughts, we find ourselves wishing that life was really like this. Which of course is the reason we love stories.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Facts and Figures

Genre: Comedy

Run time: 100 mins

In Theaters: Friday 28th March 2014

Box Office USA: $59.1M

Distributed by: Fox Searchlight

Production compaines: TSG Entertainment, Scott Rudin Productions, Indian Paintbrush, Studio Babelsberg, American Empirical Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Fresh: 209 Rotten: 19

IMDB: 8.2 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , , Jeremy Dawson, Steven M. Rales

Starring: as M. Gustave, as Zero Moustafa, F. Murray Abraham as Mr. Moustafa, as Serge, as Dmitri, as Jopling, as Kovacs, as Ludwig, as Young Writer, as M. Ivan, as Henckels, as Agatha, as M. Jean, as Clotilde, as Madame D., as Author, as M. Chuck, as Pinky, as M. Martin, as M. Robin, as M. Georges, as M. Dino, as Mr. Mosher, as Wolf, Volker Michalowski as Gunther, Daniel Steiner as Anatole, Hendrik von Bültzingslöwen as Ernst, as Grande Dame, Rainer Reiners as Herr Mendl, Sabine Urig as Laetizia, Claudia Jung as Usherette, as Prison Guard, Philipp Sonntag as Monk, Hans Martin Stier as Monk

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