In Wes Anderson’s new quirky, art house flick, The Grand Budapest Hotel, we follow the story of a concierge and a lobby boy. If you’ve seen Moonrise Kingdom or Fantastic Mr. Fox, you know what you’re in for, which is an artsy, unorthodox and perplexing picture. Filled with witty dialogue, an utterly ridiculous amount of stars and topped with Wes Anderson’s unique touch, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a nice little package. Yes, it’s an adventure involving a hotel concierge named M. Gustave (played by Ralph Fiennes) and a lobby boy named Zero (played by Tony Revolori). Gustave is framed for murder and now he is out to prove his innocence. The cast also includes Jude Law as a young author, F. Murray Abraham as an older Zero, Tilda Swinton as one of Gustave’s love interests, Jeff Goldblum as a lawyer, Adrien Brody as an angry man who is after an inheritance and Willem Dafoe as a fierce assassin. Bill Murray and Owen Wilson also make brief appearances. This is one star-studded cast! However, the main focus is mostly on Gustave and Zero and their adventures. The performances are fantastic and there’s nothing I can complain about on this front. Each character has his or her own quirks and differences. The downside to having all of these stars is the fact that there just isn’t enough of them. I would have loved to see more of Dafoe, Goldblum, Murray and Wilson. This is a very captivating film as far as star power and wit go. It has an undeniable presence about it. But hey, it’s a Wes Anderson film and all of his films do!
The audiovisual presentation of this film is simply mesmerizing. There’s beautiful, snowy mountains, gorgeous hotel interiors, pretty costumes and a fantastical musical score. It all flows together perfectly and wonderfully. It makes for something pretty to look at and listen to. The story itself is more like a series of adventures involving the two leads, but it never really grabbed a hold of me like I thought it would. Unfortunately, I felt no emotion whatsoever and I couldn’t help but feel like something was missing. I was left thinking Anderson and company put too much effort into making the film look pretty and gathering an all-star cast. One thing that did get my attention was the subtle comedy. Sometimes you can’t figure out if what you’re watching is supposed to be funny or serious, which usually leads to you laughing. The film’s lack of seriousness makes it better. It’s not Moonrise Kingdom or Fantastic Mr. Fox, but it’s still a solid movie. Overall, The Grand Budapest Hotel is beautiful, mesmerizing, elaborate, elegant and has one big imagination.
4 out of 5
-There is a very brief sexual scene.
-We hear scattered, mild sexual dialogue.
-There is violence and blood, such as someone getting their fingers chopped off.
-The film includes bad language in several parts.
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