The Grand Budapest Hotel
In the 1930s, the Grand Budapest Hotel is a popular European ski resort, presided over by concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes). Zero, a junior lobby boy, becomes Gustave's friend and protege. Gustave prides himself on providing first-class service to the hotel's guests, including satisfying the sexual needs of the many elderly women who stay there. When one of Gustave's lovers dies mysteriously, Gustave finds himself the recipient of a priceless painting and the chief suspect in her murder.
Release Date: March 07, 2014
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The Grand Budapest Hotel turns into an avaricious wartime chase thriller, with stops for an episode at a criminal internment camp (where Gustave participates in a great escape) and also for a toboggan race that out-jaw-drops anything you saw in the recent Olympics. It's all nudged along by a wonderful timpani-driven score by Alexandre Desplat that does for this movie what his music in Fantastic Mr. Fox did for that one: makes it hum with intricate momentum. The Grand Budapest Hotel is still every inch a Wes Anderson film, but a new breed of one, since Anderson, for the first time, is out to enchant us without ''saying'' anything. For me that lets him say more... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full reviewMarch 6th, 2014 · Details
As a collection of deadpan segments, it's likely to please Anderson's fans. However, this saga of a European concierge who dreams of lost grandeur and romances his hotel's aging female clientele, recounted like a fable, is without a moral or even a clear ending. So non-devotees should consider themselves warned... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full reviewApril 3rd, 2014 · Details
The film is fascinating visually, like an old tented postcard offering visions of a lost world. And the marvelous cast is consistently satisfying , but for all the artistry and nostalgic atmosphere, even spell-bound viewers may come out of the theater as to the movie's basic point... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full reviewMarch 20th, 2014 · Details
Director Wes Anderson is the King of Quirk, and Grand Budapest is no exception. Look for his trademark oddball characters, peculiar stylized action, and weird symmetrical compositions to draw attention to themselves. But there is an odd charm to the movie that belies its black comedy roots. If you’re a fan of Anderson, stay in the Penthouse. If you’re just visiting, maybe try checking in for the night to see if you’ll like the accommodations... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full reviewJune 26th, 2014 · Details