By Matt Lewis
Delightfully quirky is the best way to describe this Wes Anderson picture. If a picture paints a thousand words and a thousand pictures are in this film then how many words does that mean this review has to be?
The plot thickens quickly in this strange comedy that takes place in a town that is – I believe – a metaphor for the Swiss Alps. Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric all play starring roles in this film – so not huge names, but do we ever expect the cast to overshadow the story with a movie from Mr. Anderson?!
This film comes in at exactly 100 minutes and doesn’t let you miss a step. If you must go to the rest room go before or after the film otherwise you may be a bit confused. Every scene is drenched with ironic comedy and dark humor.
Here is the synopsis from IMDb: “The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.”
Here’s a more full description: “GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.” Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures
The picture is rated R for language, some sexual content and violence. | What makes this film interesting is it never lets us, the audience, miss a beat. It’s like if a friend was telling you a story that you were hooked in on and if you missed a single word you wouldn’t understand what was happening next.
So far, according to IMDb, during opening weekend the film made $811,166 (USA) (7 March 2014) and in gross cash the movie has made $51,909,825 (USA) (6 May 2014).
A goof from the film is when Serge X. is serving the guests at the reading of Madame D.’s will, he is standing still in one shot, serving ice in the next and then again standing still as he was prior to serving the ice, according to IMDb.
Here’s a memorable quote from the movie courtesy of IMDb: “Mr. Moustafa: To be frank, I think his world had vanished long before he ever entered it – but, I will say: he certainly sustained the illusion with a marvelous grace!”
STAY FOR THE CREDITS: Near the end of the credits, an animated figure does a Russian dance, according to IMDb – I wouldn’t know because I left after the credits began rolling, so stay and check it out for yourself – I hope it is worth your while.