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Movie Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

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The Grand Budapest Hotel


The Grand Budapest Hotel opens to most U.S. theaters this Friday, March 21, 2014 after having been open in select U.S. theaters since March 7, 2014. Palm Beach County residents may still have issues trying to find a theater showing the film. Marketed as a comedy-drama, the well made film offers spats of laughter followed by boredom. I normally love quirky comedies especially those featuring Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman like Rushmore, and though this film is worth seeing, it may be best left to seeing during a matinee or waiting for streaming via Netflix.

Throughout the movie, audiences are treated to quick scenes of a seemingly endless list of major stars, however the Budapest relies on accomplished actor Ralph Feinnes and relative newcomer Tony Revolori for the bulk of the film. Feinnes does a superb job, however I suspect the film will only appeal to a certain segment of the population due to its unconventional comedy. That said, the film will likely be seen by a large number of Americans so they can gain a glimpse of their favorite stars.

Feinnes plays M. Gustave, a concierge at the opulent hotel and has multiple affairs with the guests over the years. Revolori plays the role of Zero Moustafa which Gustave takes under his wing. The two end up in a caper of sorts, whereas Gustave becomes the heir to a priceless painting of one of his wealthy female guests and becomes wanted by the authorities.

Other stars of note are Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham (the elder Zero Moustafa), Adrien Brody, Willem Defoe, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson and many more.

Budapest was filmed in various parts of Germany and had its premiere there earlier this year. Worldwide the film has garnered over $25 million in gross receipts. It opened to a limited four theaters on March 7, 2014 in the U.S. and was able to earn $200,000 gross per screen - a major achievement.


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