July 14, 2014

Movie Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

I am going to keep this very short so I don't make the same mistake as I did with Omar. The husband dismisses my movie choices as "artsy" but after checking the Rotten Tomatoes rating, he decided to watch it as well, and loved it!


Wes Anderson's latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is one of the most visually appealing and delightful movies I have seen. Each frame is brilliantly composed, and the camera moves with precision whenever it does. A flashback within a flashback,it reverentially tells the tale of Monsieur Gustave (R. Fiennes), a concierge at the Grand Budapest Hotel in fictional Zubrowka, in a time of war. He loved all of his guests, and took good care of them. One such rich guest, who we later find out is the owner of the hotel, is Madame D, who dies under mysterious circumstances a month after leaving the hotel. Because she willed a priceless painting to Gustave, her family frame him for the murder, and send an assassin to kill him. Aided by Zero, the lobby boy, Gustave escapes prison and manages to clear his name, with help from Zero's girlfriend Agatha, but is not able to enjoy his newly inherited fortune. With an ensemble cast consisting of Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe to name a few, this picturesque comedy is one you cannot miss! 

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