Wes Anderson heads to Europe for the first time with this Indian Paintbrush production starring Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, and Jude Law. Gustav H., the famous concierge at a legendary hotel situated in the Alps during the 1930's becomes the center of a farcical whirlwind of suspicion when one of his institution's oldest and richest patrons turns up dead, and she suspiciously leaves him her most priceless work of art -- a Renaissance painting of a boy with an apple. Infuriated that she left anything of value to anyone else, the woman's greedy and nefarious heir uses all manner of underhanded and illegal tactics to pin her death on Gustav and to silence anyone who questions his objective of inheriting every penny of her estate, leaving Gustav's trusted lobby boy Zero to clear Gustav's name and prove that the grand lady's killer is none other than her own son. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: Tony Revolori, Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum
Release Date: Mar 07, 2014
Rated: R for Violence, Some Sexual Content and Language
Runtime: 1 hr. 39 min.
Genres: Comedy, Drama
I’ve been a Wes Anderson fan for a long time and I know some people are turned off by his style but any self respecting movie fan should love his work. The Grand Budapest Hotel is another gem which delivers a thrilling and hilarious movie watching experience. The story is funny yet incredibly moving at the same time anchored by a wonderful performance by Ralph Fiennes. Fiennes is typically a somber and serious performer so it’s a lot of fun to see him fully commit to a character like Gustav H. who such an outlandish and hilarious character. Fiennes and newcomer Tony Revolori share a wonderful chemistry together and the film is at its strongest when the two are on screen. The supporting cast is a made up of a who’s who of Hollywood’s A list and each is fully committed. All of them populate a wonderfully crafted world which a visual feast for the eyes. At a little over and hour and a half the film just flies by delivering one of the most enjoyable movie watching experiences in recent memory.