Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, F. Murray Abraham
It is amazing how Wes Anderson can convert simple story lines into marvellous movies that are fun to watch. Set in a fiction country of Zebrowka in central Europe, The Grand Budapest Hotel is looked after its concierge, Monsieur Gustave H. (Fiennes) who takes a lot of care and pays a lot of attention to ensure that the hotel lives up to the standards of its clientele. He is known to famously court older women and one of the reasons why they keep returning. When one such madam passes away, Gustave decides to journey to her funeral and takes his newly appointed lobby boy, Zero Moustafa (Revolori) along with him. When the old lady passes on a wealthy painting to Gustave, his son Dmitri (Brody) is furious and blames him for the murder of his mother and refuses to give him the painting. What ensues is an interesting adventure filled with an underlying humour and the typical Wes Anderson style of filming. Ralph Fiennes has executed the role of the concierge perfectly and there possibly cannot be anyone else who could have done it better. The movie shows how the most basic of stories can be retold in a manner that is appealing and yet give the movie a different edge. Great backgrounds with very precise detailing, hidden meanings and underlying jokes that are difficult to catch, but if you do then it’s a treat!
Thumbs up: Ralph Fiennes, great direction
Thumbs down: Nope