Skip to main content

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014): Ralph Fiennes; F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum



Imaginative, creative, zany, brightly lit in bursts of color, witty, entertaining and basically a sheer roller coaster ride with an lengthy list of A-list of actors.  Fans of Wes Anderson films such as Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox will not be disappointed by The Grand Budapest Hotel.   It is Anderson's first action picture, with high-speed James Bond races, madcap Charlie Chaplin scenes, prison escapades along with a quirky screenplay and a crazy cast of characters.





The saga begins with Mr. Moustafa, (F. Murray Abraham) as the current hotel owner recounting his life story to Young Writer (Jude Law) in the ancient dining room of the legendary European hotel.  The adventures span three periods 1985, 1965 and 1932 with the primary emphasis on the 1930's.  Gustave H., (Ralph Fiennes) in the 30's is a famous concierge at the five star hotel dressed in the deepest shade of purple and Zero Moustafa, (Tony Revolori) is the lobby boy and trusted friend.  Gustave is a ladies man who adores the older women and especially Madame D in her 80's (Tilda Swinton) who suddenly passes leaving a famous priceless Renaissance painting to Gustave called "Boy with Apple".  Gustave and Zero steal the painting from the bereft and now furious family led by Dmitri (Adrien Brody) son of Madame D's.  The lawyer, Mr. Kovacs (Jeff Goldblum)is caught in a spiders web between Gustave and Dmitri which is the basis of this comical chronicle.  Additionally, beautiful bow-tied pink boxes of macaroons sprinkle many scenes in the film emphasizing perfection whiles surrounded by complete mayhem.


Adrien Brody - Dmitri
Jeff Goldblum, Mr. Kovaks and Cat

Fiennes steals the show as Gustave a suave and debonair man with a canny knack of changing personas, while oozing charm and bestowing the belief in greatness and perfection from all encountered.   He keeps the train rolling throughout The Grand Budapest Hotel's uproarious and colorful tale. Revolori, Zero, sidekick is the quintessential straight man to the quirky Fiennes.  Other A-listers grace the big screen from Edward Norton as Henckels a local policeman, Harvey Keitel, Ludwig, harden criminal, Bill Murray as M. Ivan, Tom Wilkenson, Author, Willem Dafoe as Dmitri's henchman and the list goes on.

The period also breezes over European history with lightness though darkness looms with fast paced energy bouncing all over the screen.  The creative juices flow and this imaginative affair in one not to be missed.  Sit back, enjoy the hare-brained ride and please pass the macaroons!



Rating: 4 Stars - For Wes Anderson fans.   

Writer-director: Wes Anderson.




Kim Hardwick - Cinema Report

Comments

Popular Posts - Last 30 Days

Over the Knee Boots - Monday Favorite Things

  New Day, New Dawn, New Life "Give a girl the right set of boots, shoes, and she can conquer the world." - Marilyn Monroe January 2021 is here.  Yes. We have patiently waited, been thoughtful, diligent and now the year is upon us.  Wishing happiness to all of you as we battle on.  The end is nearing for the virus, which brings smiles to everyone.  It is an exciting time with revitalized energy coursing through our veins.  An era of promise hope and  much more.  Get ready to soar, achieve your dreams and spread goodwill toward others.  "What good is the warmth of summer with out the chill of winter?" - John Steinbeck Along the path, winter has arrived.  Rain, snow, sleet, and hail in the mix for some and in the future for others.  What I love right now?  Over the knee boots.  A must for the cold days of winter.  Here are my favorites for a winter wonderland of fashion.  Even if you are working from home, there is nothing better than slipping on a beautiful pair of o

Happy New Year - 2021

  A New Chapter "Cheers to the new year and another chance for us to get it right." - Oprah Winfrey The end of the year fast approaches.  It has been a roller coaster ride for everyone.  The virus, lockdowns, tragic deaths, national election, and other elements caused for a turbulent and unforgettable year.  One we will never forget.  Some say this is the worst year in our history surpassing the depression of the 1930's, September 11th and various Wars.   Perhaps this is so because our country and the entire world shut down at various points.  Even today, lock downs exist, virus is on the rise and vaccines are being administered.  We will never forget last Spring and Summer when eerie photos of empty streets filled the newswires, epic violence occurred and of course endless news about the benevolent virus. However, we continue onward.  We eagerly move forward to a fresh beginning.  We wash away 2020 and start anew with a clean slate filled with possibility, hope and peace

Merry Christmas 2020

  Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas one and all.  May you have a very festive day.   What a crazy year!  At the onset of the year 2020, we all had the best intentions, goals, and anticipation.   Of course, 2020 proved to be the opposite of anything we expected.  Completely 180 degrees of "What Now?"   There is no need to explain because we all have lived it.  What is for certain is that the year is finally ending. Thank goodness.  Some have stated this was the worse year in the history of our country.  Whether it was or is not, the end is in sight and a vaccine is beginning to be administered.  Hopefully, we each can reassess what is important in our lives, anticipate some sort of normalcy swooping back into our lives.  After all, we are social creatures and being isolated is not healthy for the mind or the body.  Spirit of Christmas - The Christmas Star Last Seen 1226 Never stop believing in the future and unknown.  This season we all decorated to the nines, baked cookies, laid ou

7 Ways to Become a Butterfly

Don't Crush the Butterfly! "Despite everything, no one can dictate who you are to other people." - Prince Butterfly's come in all shapes and sizes painted in dazzling and colorful hues.  The beauty and varied differences of the butterfly are astounding and beloved by the beholder.  There are approximately 20,000 species throughout the world dancing in the sun and air.   Yet, what does a butterfly mean to fashionistas? Well, for one all the people of the land can evolve into creative and wondrous butterflies.   It is through the journey of life that sometimes the environment, family, friends and peers willingly crush the beauty and charming essence of you  - the exotic butterfly. Don't Destroy the Wings of Flight There will always be the vengeful, the user, the hateful or a person filled with jealousy and envy that clips the wings of the butterfly.  Their insecurities reign supreme and a beautiful butterfly ready to spread it