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The Grand Budapest Hotel Review

Updated on April 19, 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel

I went into this movie with no expectations. I knew nothing about it other than a quick synopsis on Wikipedia. This film is an example of a frame story, a story within a story. Well The Grand Budapest Hotel is a story within a story within a story within a story. It's essentially about a concierge at a very grand hotel, it's set in the 30s, and the concierge is framed for the death of a recent guest. The majority of the story is him on the run after he steals a priceless painting that was left in the will to him and he's on the run to clear his name with the help of his trusty sidekick, the lobby boy.

It's a very random synopsis and I decided to go because I wasn't paying for it, and it did turn out to be a very good movie. Rotten Tomatoes rated it with a 92% approval rating and there's a good reason for that.

I will not give out any spoilers for the movie so feel free to continue reading.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel Characters

The movie is comprised of some very over the top characters.

  • Ralph Fiennes' character is a very eccentric concierge protagonist who is quick witted and has spouts of appropriately used profanity that will have you laughing the more frustrated he gets.
  • Tony Revolori's character is a quiet but quick lobby boy who gains his confidence throughout the movie.
  • Adrien Brody's character plays a very angry and foul mouthed son of the deceased.
  • Willem Dafoe's character is an creepy investigator/ridiculous hit man with an affinity for rings.

There are many other characters that help the story along, some you may know and others not so much.

Overall Reaction

I do think this movie deserves a viewing. It's funny, quirky and ridiculous. The long charming dialogue is great and will have you laughing in your seats. The sets are very detailed and intricate. It's a very fast paced movie so you really need to watch it to catch everything, but it's well worth it. I know not every movie theater is playing this film, but take the time to find one near you to view it.

This is a Wes Anderson film after all; it's ridiculous characters in ridiculous situations.

The Grand Budapest Hotel International Trailer


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