Review: Grand Budapest Hotel

grand_budapestBy Grace Hart.

There’s something magical about sitting down in a theatre and watching a good flick. The “Grand Budapest Hotel” is definitely one of those films you should see at the Theatre. I say it was absolutely fantastic in every way possible.

Already being a fan of the director, Wes Anderson (also known for Fantastic Mr. Fox and Moonrise Kingdom), I knew what to expect: lots of long shots, many of the craziest situations being filled with monotone lines as if nothing is going on, and just silly scenarios. Those expectations were filled with a story that will definitely go down as one of the best films this year.

The film is a story within a story within a story.

A girl reads a book by a dead author and the dead author tells the story of how he met Zero and Zero tells of how he came into owning the Grand Budapest. The film then flashbacks to when Zero (Tony Revolori) is a young boy starting off as a lobby boy at this prestigious hotel and the concierge, Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) takes on the duty of training him. Gustave takes care of this hotel as if it was his own child and most of the guests come just for him. He is prone to be fancied by these old women who stay at the hotel, including Madame D (Tilda Swinton). She tells Gustave of her fear of the future and he tells her to of course not worry.

By the end of the week, she has been murdered and gave her most valuable possession, a painting entitled Boy With Apple, to Gustave.  This causes an outrage with the family, and her son Dmitri (Adrien Brody), decides to blame Gustave for the murder in order to obtain the painting.It is a cute story of a boy committed to helping his friend, young love, breaking out of jail, and just silly moments that fill the audience with laughter.

Even though Ralph Fiennes is known for doing more serious roles like Voldemort in Harry Potter, he took on this role and rocked it. With his ridiculous poetry he is always quoting and need to always take care of others, even in jail, he made the movie really come to life.

Just like his other films, Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was visually stunning, heartwarming, silly, creatively written, and just like the title says, it was grand. This film was probably one of the best I have seen in a long time and anyone who enjoys film would love it as well.

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