Working through Deputy Kovacs (Jeff Goldblum), who's responsible for the hotel's finances and operating costs, on behalf of its anonymous proprietor, he oversees the hotel staff and has the utmost expectations of the staff in carrying out their duties.
Mr. Fiennes' is charming hotelier with an impressive knowledge of guest hospitality whose efforts and services knows no bounds leaving them coming back to the hotel.
His attention to his client’s desire has an impact upon Madame D. (Tilda Swinton), who bequeaths him a prized painting, after her untimely demise. Under these circumstances, the heirs led by her son, Dmitry (Adrian Brody) proclaims foul play as he accuses him of her death.
From there the film becomes a quest as M.Gustave along with his lobby boy, Zero (Tony Revolori), to clear up his name by finding the one individual that can clear his name of wrong doings by finding Madame D.'s missing help, Serge X (Mathieu Amalric).
The master and apprentice relationship works in that both character’s pasts are shrouded in secrecy. The elder will teach the youth that allows him to be the successful shown later in life portrayed by F. Murray Abraham.
His character regales the glory years of the establishment in the empty confines of the once luxurious dining hall with his guest, the younger version of the unnamed author portrayed by Jude Law.
This writer will go on to be portrayed by Tom Wilkinson and becomes renowned for writing a book inspired by his dinner with the older Zero.
Mr. Anderson is able to pull off the juxtaposition of time with different actors portraying themselves while keeping true to their characters. He creates a world of life and luxury examining the lives of the occupants at the hotel while contrasting that to the lives of its employees who make the guests stay memorable.
The European mountains and forests surrounding the country of Zubrowka and its neighboring European countries make the concierge and his pupil's task of locating one man a tremendous task that must be carried out through the film.
Along the way the film features a fantastical prison breakout scene and blink and you'll miss past actors featured in Mr. Anderson's work.
While on the run, Zero, grows up from a lobby boy to dealing with the adult situation that Gustave encounters with murder, tragedy and death all shown in dark humor.
The bright spot in their moments of darkness involves Zero's love affair with the local baker girl, Agatha (Saoirse Ronan), while on the lookout for the law led by Henckles (Edward Norton)and enforcer, Jopling (Williem Defoe), working on behalf of the estate of the decedent.
The nonsensical adventure that Gustave and Zero encounter while on the run from the authorities and personal enforcer allows for their relationship to be fortified as they get to know each other outside of the Grand Budapest Hotel.
Classification: In theaters
Grade: 4 stars out of 5 stars.
Wes Anderson creates films with independent appeal but on a bigger, grander exposure just like the Grand Budapest Hotel as the secret lives of its occupants and employers emerges in a blink-of-the-eye cast that clearly enjoy the writer and director’s take upon the life of luxury before World War II.
Rating: R for language, some sexual content and violence.
Timing: 2 Hours, 16 Minutes
- Director, Story & Screenplay: Wes Anderson