The Grand Budapest Hotel

31 Mar

We tell ourselves that this is a film blog, though we often discuss other topics.  This time we’ve gone out and seen a bona fide current movie, Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

Most film reviews boil down to the question of whether the film being reviewed is worth the time of the the one reading the review, so let’s get this question out of the way right now.  Is this film worth your time?  To quote The Who, “you better, you better, you bet.”  Wes Anderson’s films (“Rushmore”, “The Royal Tennenbaums”, etc.) are known for their offbeat humor.  “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is no exception – the humor is offbeat, often dark, often deadpan, sometimes slapstick, and downright picaresque at times.

Anderson cast includes actors he has worked with in other films, such as Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman.  In this film however, Ralph Fiennes takes center stage and does an outstanding job .  Fiennes plays Gustave H., the concierge (at least we think that’s what he is – in any event, he’s the head guy) of a an ornate hotel in the 1930s, assisted by Zero (Tony Revolori) , a lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

In many ways, Gustave should not be a likeable character, as he has many off-putting traits (he is fastidious to an extreme, he romances rich, elderly women, and his use of cologne is excessive) but in the hands of Fiennes, us viewers are behind him 110%.

We ought to say something about the plot, but we’re not going to, because we think that you should experience the picture for yourself.

In addition to Fiennes  and Revolori, the film boasts F. Murray Abraham, Tom Wilkerson, Jude Law, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, and Willam Dafoe (the list goes on)  – it’s a Who’s Who of acting talent.

The film is wonderful to look at, and we loved the way the camera moves.

There are probably going to be a lot of big-budget movies this year (just like every year) and some will disappoint.  Here’s one that delivers.

We should probably say more stuff about it, ’cause a film review is supposed to more fleshed-out than this.  However, this isn’t our day job, and we’re really lazy.  There’s really nothing more we can say except to encourage you to see this picture.  We don’t own stock in the film’s production company and we’re not related to anyone connected to the picture, so consider the source.

Grand Budapest Hotel Postet

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