The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Grand Budapest Hotel is a 2014 comedy-drama film written and directed by Wes Anderson, from a story by Anderson and Hugo Guinness, inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig, to whom Anderson wrote the film as a tribute. The film stars an ensemble cast consisting of Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Léa Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson, and introducing Tony Revolori.
In the 1930s, the Grand Budapest Hotel is a popular European ski resort, presided over by concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes). Zero, a junior lobby boy, becomes Gustave's friend and protege. Gustave prides himself on providing first-class service to the hotel's guests, including satisfying the sexual needs of the many elderly women who stay there. When one of Gustave's lovers dies mysteriously, Gustave finds himself the recipient of a priceless painting and the chief suspect in her murder.
Why It Rocks
- Yet another one of Wes Anderson's great works, along with Moonrise Kingdom and The Royal Tenenbaums.
- It features a highly fitting 1930s and European setting, with visuals and set designs to top it all.
- Everyone gives off great performances, even the supporting actors, such as Saoirse Ronan and Tony Revolori. Although Ralph Fiennes and Bill Murray's performances are good too.
- For Revolori's breakthrough film, he does a good job as the lobby boy.
- Although it's witty, with cartoonish violence and bizarre and charming plot twists to trip the viewer up, it's also destabilizing them with resolutions that are fresh and complex.
- M. Gustave's interactions with every cast member are fantastic and funny, especially with Tony Revolori.
- The whole cinematography by Robert Yeoman is beautiful and sensational, giving off its 1930s setting even better.
- The movie's an amazing adventure with a large murder mystery and James Bond-style clashes that don't let the viewer down for even a moment.
- All of the swear words are placed at the best moments possible, and the dialogue is always used at the right time.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 91% approval rating based on 297 reviews, with an average rating of 8.41/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Typically stylish but deceptively thoughtful, The Grand Budapest Hotel finds Wes Anderson once again using ornate visual environments to explore deeply emotional ideas." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 88 out of 100 based on 48 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".