The Grand Budapest Hotel

I recently watched this movie, and I really enjoyed it. It tells an engaging story about a hotel concierge who gets framed for the murder of an old friend and hotel guest who willed a very valuable painting to him, which the family of the deceased is furious about. He and his lobby boy, who tells the story, have quite a wild adventure trying to escape the vengeful family. The cast grows and grows throughout the movie and includes a number of familiar faces, from Ralph Fiennes to Bill Murray to Owen Wilson.

Genre: Comedy; the film is funny, but in a rather particular way. The actors make the lines funny because of the circumstance or the way they say them, but it wouldn’t necessarily be funny otherwise.

Actors: This is a very long list, so I will just include the big names or big parts: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Saoirse Ronan, Edward Nortan, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson, plus many more.

Director: Wes Anderson. I have seen two others of his movies: Moonrise Kingdom and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Out of the three I’ve seen, The Grand Budapest Hotel is my favorite. I don’t know about his other movies, but the ones I’ve seen have all had a similar style. They are fast-paced and sort of choppy in the filming; the camera will focus on someone’s face, then change onto someone else’s abruptly. They are funny if you get the humor, and I got it the most in Budapest. They are quirky movies, in a good way.

As a Movie (I don’t know what else to call this category)The setting and costume really fit the story, I thought, and they were fun in their exaggerations and colors. The music was fitting as well, and even though it didn’t really stand out, it was well done in the ways it helped the story along. All the actors played very well in their roles and the characters fit together well. Lastly, the script and story as a whole were wonderful.

Rating: R for Restricted. A fair share of swearing, violence and a few sexual references.

Altogether: This is a fun movie. Good to watch with friends and/or family (as long as everyone’s old enough), or alone. Quirky, funny, adventuresome, fast-paced and entertaining. Good for when you want to watch something “different”, or something with a deeper storyline and lots of characters. It may take a little brainwork, but it will be worth it. I recommend giving The Grand Budapest Hotel a watch.


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