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The Grand Budapest Hotel

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson (2014)

95min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Who knew Ralph Fiennes could be roll-around funny? But that's exactly what he is here, as the comedy keystone in writer/director Wes Anderson's weird and wonderful crime story. M Gustave (Fiennes) is the diligent yet slightly dissolute concierge at a five-star establishment in a fictional Alpine country that is being overrun by fascists in the 1930s. When a wealthy old matriarch (Tilda Swinton looking like the Bride of Frankenstein after a few rounds in a tumble dryer) is murdered, Gustave becomes the prime suspect. However, he's so gosh-darned charming that a question mark remains, even after he bounds away from Edward Norton's policeman in a typically droll scene. Adrien Brody and Willem Dafoe bring a thicker air of foreboding as they contest Swinton's will, which rewards Gustave for "special services". Newcomer Tony Revolori plays Gustave's loyal protégé, Zero, but he is somewhat overshadowed by the rest of a starry cast that includes Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson. Showing things from Zero's point-of-view allows Anderson to ground an increasingly wild yarn, but unlike the pseudo-earnest Moonrise Kingdom, this film's fabricated feel (reflected in exquisitely pretty art design) enhances the fairy-tale magic. This is a hotel you'll want to revisit again and again.

Summary

Premiere. An old man tells a journalist the story of his youth as a lobby boy at a hotel in Eastern Europe in the 1930s. He was taken under the wing of the establishment's dashing concierge, and is drawn into his misadventures as he becomes involved in a conflict over a valuable painting. Wes Anderson's comedy drama, starring Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F Murray Abraham and Jude Law.

Cast & Crew

M Gustave Ralph Fiennes
Zero Tony Revolori
Henckels Edward Norton
Madame D Tilda Swinton
Dmitri Adrien Brody
M Ivan Bill Murray
Ludwig Harvey Keitel
Mr Moustafa F Murray Abraham
M Jean Jason Schwartzman
Agatha Saoirse Ronan
M Chuck Owen Wilson
Young writer Jude Law
Jopling Willem Dafoe
Clotilde Léa Seydoux
Deputy Kovacs Jeff Goldblum
Serge X Mathieu Amalric
M Martin Bob Balaban
Author Tom Wilkinson
M Robin Fisher Stevens
M Georges Wallace Wolodarsky
M Dino Waris Ahluwalia
Director Wes Anderson
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Guidance: Swearing, sexual references, brief nudity. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 7 Mar 2014

Comedy Drama

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