Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Review 2014 by RD Clark


The Grand Budapest Hotel

Written by: Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, Inspired by the works of Stefan Zweig

Directed by: Wes Anderson

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Ronan, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, F. Murray Abraham, plus a zillion cameos.

Rated R
Running time: 100 mins

A writer visits a hotel during a period of writer’s block and learns the story of how, during the 1930’s, a concierge takes the new Lobby Boy under his wing and the adventures they have.

This movie is great fun. I found myself caught up in it from the beginning and all the way through the wild ride, including the wackiest jail break ever. Beautifully shot with wondrous color and lavish sets, it never stops moving. Fiennes and Revolori make a great team as they plow their way through one travail after another.

I highly recommend this one; it deserves Oscar nominations in several categories. The language is rough and there are some sexual situations that might cause you to want to leave the kids at home (that painting for one). No post credit scenes, so break out when they do.

Flytrap rating: 8/10

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