MOVIE REVIEW: The Grand Budapest Hotel
|REVIEW: The Grand Budapest Hotel by Brian Anderson|
Film Review of The Grand Budapest Hotel
by Brian Anderson
Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel – for the most part – follows the hotel’s concierge, M. Gustave, and his lobby boy apprentice, Zero. When Gustave’s elderly lover dies, he becomes the inheritor of a priceless painting known as “Boy With Apple,” a piece of art that every person in the old woman’s family feels they are entitled to. So naturally, Gustave, with the help of his new lobby boy, plans to steal the painting, and the antics ensue.
It’s not every day a movie comes out that includes a heist, a prison break, a murderer, a shoot-out, and a high-speed chase and isn’t a James Bond movie. In fact, Grand Budapest is a comedy, and a very funny one at that. Anderson is able to infuse his humor and wit into every scene, and it never grows stale. Whether it’s as subtle as a few words a character says off to the side, or something as in-your-face as two people carrying an unrealistically long ladder across the screen, Anderson’s unique sense of humor shines all the way through to the end. Even all of his movies’ recurring actors has a role here, which is a nice wink to the loyal fans. And it should be noted that the newcomers here, like Ralph Fiennes, who played Gustave, and Tony Revolori, who played Zero, did a phenomenal job of bringing these strange characters to life, and they fit perfectly into Anderson’s world.
That being said, I haven’t had so much fun watching a movie in years. Between the breathtaking production, the quirky comedy, the superb acting, and Anderson’s always-great writing and directing, this movie is not to be missed. Whether you’re a long-time Wes Anderson fanatic like I am, or a complete virgin to his films, I highly recommend seeing The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Bottom Line: A