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Friday, March 21, 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel - a Movie Review

For fans of Wes Anderson, his newest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel has finally arrived. If you are not familiar with Mr. Anderson, you may know his witty (often brilliant off balance) films such as The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, The Squid and the Whale, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and, of course, Moonrise Kingdom. He has a regular crew of actors that he uses somewhere in the cast, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody, and Edward Norton to name a few. 

This particular film is not only well written, cast, and acted, it is witty in the dry British way. I found myself chuckling when I fear most folks did not get the jokes. Not that I am smarter than they, perhaps the film was more on my lower level. The dialogue alone is simply genius.

The story line is around Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) the concierge at The Grand Budapest Hotel is her glory day, his Lobby Boy (Tony Revolori), a priceless piece of art, a battle royale over a family fortune, a war or two, and a writer getting the story.  

Mr. Anderson always produces colorful films (both in interest and spectrum) but this one is more so than usual. Scenes take on the hue of the mood. Everything in the prison is grey, white or tan, the hotel in its later years is in the 60's colors of orange, brown, and avocado. In it's glory days pink and purple were the color of the grand hotel, much like the fancy pastries served. 

At first glance of the trailer, one may think this to be a mad cap caper, but there is more to the story - a lot more. It is a 100 minutes well spent. Wes Anderson is nothing short of brilliant in his delivery of this film. I may have to see it at least once more for I am sure there is much I missed. The film is rich in characters, in humor, in the story, and the beauty of the scenes themselves.

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