Film: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Opened: March 7, 2014

Directed by: Wes Anderson

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Tony Revolori, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Milton Welsh, Saoirse Ronan, Wolfram Nielacny, Jason Schwartzman, Léa Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson, Larry Pine, Giseldo Volodi, Florian Lukas, Karl Markovics, Volker Michalowski, Neal Huff, Bob Balaban, Fisher Stevens, Wallace Wolodarsku, Waris Ahluwalia & Lucas Hedges

A quirky film with a style all its own, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a perfect production that brings great comedy as well.

Mr. Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham) tells a Young Writer (Jude Law) about his younger self (Tony Revolori) who helped prove a concierge, M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), to be innocent in the murder of wealthy Dowager Countess Madame D. (Tilda Swinton).

The film moves at a fast pace. The dialogue is quick, the action is fast, and the comedic timing is perfect. Fiennes is hilarious and brings out the best in newcomer Revolori.

Adam Stockhausen’s production design steals the show as the hotel itself as well as the mountains surrounding it allow for a wonderful chase. Without this design, the movie would have a giant hole to fill.

Final say: A wild ride, but one to take. ★★★★☆

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