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Movie review: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The Grand Budapest Hotel
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Movie review: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)


At The Grand Budapest Hotel concierge Gustave H. takes a young bellboy named Zero under his arm. As Gustave teaches him how to be a successful concierge, Zero becomes Gustave's trusted companion. At the same time, the upscale guests darker side is revealed.

Ralph Fiennes (Gustave M.), Tony Revolori (Zero), F. Murray Abraham (Moustafa), Mathieu Amalric (Serge X), Adrien Brody (Dmitri), Willem Dafoe (Jopling), Jeff Goldblum (Deputy Kovacs), Harvey Keitel (Ludwig), Jude Law (Writer), Bill Murray (M. Ivan), Edward Norton (Henckels), Saoirse Ronan (Agatha), Tilda Swinton (Madame D.).

The Grand Budapest Hotel starts off looking like a potentially racy exploration into the life of a concierge with questionable morality and ethics. We quickly realize Gustave performs his duties with class and style. With some moderate character development and plot setup behind us, we finally get to the meat of things when Gustave must challenge a wealthy family for his share of an inheritance. The comedy explodes at this point with the crazy family trying to protect themselves as Gustave and Zero try to do what they believe is right. But in a warped kind of way.

Acting was silly and a lot of fun in this one. Fiennes pulls off the classy concierge with style while Revolori was cast as a perfect compliment to his style. Brody as always make a good dark and brooding antagonist. Dafoe was a surprise but brought his usual quirky style as did Goldblum, Keitel, Murray and Norton who all did well. There is a very experienced cast in this film and all did quite nicely.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all very nicely done. The film had more than a natural feel. It actually felt luxurious in many scenes. Physical effects were well done while CGI appeared intentionally rough around the edges. An approach that worked well for the film. Dialogue was good, fast, and quite precise. Sound and soundtrack were both well done.

Overall The Grand Budapest Hotel is an enjoyable Indie Comedy with very good acting and technical work throughout. Those who enjoy foreign, independent, or English comedy will likely enjoy this the most and find it well worth watching.

With some brief nudity, foul language, sexual content, and violence, this should be fine for older teens and above.

Released: 2014
Reviewed: 3.22.14
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Comedy, Indie Comedies

copyright ©2014 Dave Riedel

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