The Grand Budapest Hotel
‘A masterpiece. I absolutely adore this film. I cannot wait to see it again. ✭✭✭✭✭’ – Margaret Pomeranz (ABC’s At the Movies)
At first told in the present day to a recuperating guest (Jude Law), this is the story of Zero Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham), owner of the now dilapidated Budapest, whose mysterious past lingers through the hallways, suites and servants’ corners. The story that unfolds harks back to the tail end of the hotel’s 1930‘s glory days when the country (the fictional Republic of Zubrowka) is on the edge of a major war. Pulling the strings of the Grand Budapest with effortless charm is Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), concierge and devotee of the hotel’s elder patrons, in particular Madame D (Tilda Swinton) who fears her death is near. Of course it is, and with her demise comes the execution of her will. Left to Gustave at the anger of her vicious, gothy kin (incl. Adrien Brody & Willem Dafoe) is a valuable painting. From there: a robbery, a prison, a shoot-out, a ski scene, a war, a confession, young romance and (because he can’t seem to resist) a dead pet.
Why should you see this film?
A fast-paced beauty, this is Wes Anderson in his prime. The Grand Budapest Hotel has all of the auteur’s hallmarks but never falls into cliché: the colour palettes, the impeccable production design, the wry sense of humour, the sudden harshness, the cameos! Look out for almost all of his old faithfuls – Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson to name a few. The main cast is impeccable too with Ralph Fiennes beautifully embodying the camply suave Gustave. Pastel perfection.
|Cast:||Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Tilda Swinton|