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'The Grand Budapest Hotel' review: Another charming Anderson film

Wes Anderson and Ralph Fiennes in front of the Grand Budapest Hotel.
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The Grand Budapest Hotel


Expanding to more theatres on Mar. 21, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is quickly becoming one of the public’s favorite Wes Anderson films. Filled with recognizable stars that often make appearances in his films, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” weaves a plethora of characters through bizarre events in a story within a story within another story while showcasing Anderson’s regular quirky style and fun.

An aging writer (Tom Wilkinson) recounts a story he heard that inspired his popular book. When he was younger (as Jude Law), he met an older gentleman as he was staying at the no longer popular Grand Budapest Hotel. Learning that the gentleman is Zero Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham), the reclusive owner of the hotel, the writer is intrigued by the story of how he came to own the hotel. His tale begins with the start of his career at the Grand Budapest. Zero (Tony Revolori) began a trial period as a lobby boy but quickly becomes the unofficial assistant to renowned, trusted hotel concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes). At the death of one of Gustave H.’s wealthiest patrons (Tilda Swinton), Gustave and Zero are thrown into chaos; Gustave is suspected of murder and faces jail, people go missing, inheritance and wills are disputed by the patron’s disloyal son (Adrien Brody) and an attorney (Jeff Goldblum), and Zero falls in love with a baker (Saoirse Ronan) all while war looms.

Typical of writer/director Wes Anderson’s work, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” combines interesting, stylish details to construct a spirited film that never decelerates its velocity. As usual, the cinematography is crisp and playful, especially the shots of the mountainous region. Anderson’s attention to detail shines, like his “Moonrise Kingdom,” as the time periods are incorporated in clothing but most fittingly in interior design; the Grand Budapest is majestic in its youth but ages much like the characters do. Complementing the visuals, Alexandre Desplat’s score is charming and good-humored while the narration is dominated F. Murray Abraham’s friendly voice.

Truly a delight, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” relies on the appeal of Wes Anderson’s style. Recalling regular cast members, such as Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, and Bob Balaban, and once again inspiring other actors to join him (including Harvey Keitel and Lea Seydoux), Anderson knows how to lead a team in his vision.

Rating for “The Grand Budapest Hotel:” A

For more information on this film or to view its trailer, click here.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is currently only playing at one theatre in Columbus: AMC Lennox. For showtimes, click here.

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