The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

logoDirector: Wes Anderson

Writer: Wes Anderson (Screenplay) Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness (Story)

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson, Tony Revolori


Plot: The adventure of Gustave (Fiennes) a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa (Revolori), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune, all against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.


Verdict: Quirky Comedy


Story: You always know you are going into something slightly different when you see the name Wes Anderson directing. He brings his unique storytelling to this crime caper which will have you laughing quietly throughout. The story is told as a memory of a story of a story of a story and yes it is that deep but we only flashback to the last first telling of the story while the main one continues. I would say this needs the right taste on comedy to enjoy but the fans will enjoy this style of storytelling. (8/10)


Actor Reviews


Ralph Fiennes: Gustave the flamboyant hotel owner who looks after his guest with an extra personal touch, he travels to see the will hearing of one of his favourite guests and ends up taking what is his and being hunted down by the police and family members. Ralph doing comedy who would have thought that and he does pull it off very well. (9/10)


Adrien Brody: Dmitri the son of the deceased lady who wants the fortune for himself, he sets out to get what he thinks is his. Good supporting performance offering a villainous role but sadly gets overshadowed. (7/10)


Willem Dafoe: Jopling ruthless hit man trying to hunt down Gustave and the painting along with all loose ends in the case. Dafoe steals nearly every scene he is in, be it the moment he throws someone’s cat out the window or the epic ski related chase. (9/10)


Tony Revolori: Zero the young lobby boy who becomes the most trust man of Gustave who ends up going on all these adventures with him. Seemingly coming from nowhere in this absolute all-star cast and fits in perfectly.(8/10)


Director Review: Wes Anderson – Wes brings his unique style to what could have been a very plain crime caper. (8/10)


Comedy: You will need the right sense of humour for this but I think there will be enough small laughs throughout. (8/10)

Settings: All the settings are used well as well as some being cleverly created animated sequences. (8/10)

Suggestion: I think this is one to try but if you don’t get the humour you will be very bored. (Try It)


Best Part: Ski chase.

Worst Part: The comedy is very particular.

Funniest Scene: The police show up to arrest Gustave.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: Maybe but unlikely.

Box Office: $157, 724,997

Budget: N/A

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes


Overall: Quirky Crime Caper Comedy

Rating 81

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