The Grand Budapest Hotel is the story of as writer, (Tom Wilkinson (older author), Jude Law (younger writer) who interviewed the owner of the Grand Budapest Hotel, F. Murray Abraham. The owner, the former lobby boy of The Grand Budapest, tells the story about his mentor, Monsieur Gustave H (Ralph Fienes), was framed for murder. Gustave is the hotel’s concierge and daily operator of The Grand Budapest. Zero Moustafa, Tony Revolori, describes his mentor as an lonely man, however, only a few people knew that. He has numerous lovers that come to the hotel for him in his public imagine as hotel’s conceirge. Gustave’s main lover is a 84 years old elderly woman . She dies and leaves the painting “Boy with Apple” her most expensive item to Gustave . Her children are blood sucking hounds and frame Gustave for murder. Gustave gets sent to prison and escapes. Zero has fallen in love with a girl named Agatha, Saorise Ronan. He tells her that Gustave and he stole the painting known as “Boy with Apple” and hid it in the hotel. Madame D’s son Dmitri Desgoffe-und-Taxis, Adrien Brody, and his bodyguard J.G. Jopling, Willem Dafoe, try to recover the painting. They killed Madame D. and her lawyer Deputy Kovacs, Jeff Goldblum, to prevent their fortune to pass onto Gustave. In the end, Gustave, Zero, and Agatha find a second will from Madame D. giving her fortune to Gustave. He, a few years later, ends up being shot by the military and his fortune goes to Zero and Agatha, who dies a year later. Jude Law, the author writes the story and it becomes a successful hit while Zero’s fate is unknown. The film is directed by Wes Anderson.
Wes Anderson has a film genre all to his own like Quentin Tarantino. My only main problem with this movie are the time jumps. The timeline of the narrative is: present day of a girl reading the Grand Budapest Hotel novel, to 1985 of the author telling his readers that author’s write stories that they see or hear about, to the author interviewing Zero in 1962, to Zero’s days as Lobby Boy in 1932, back to 1962, to 1985, and finally to present day again. I thought the time jumps are clever but it took me away from the main storyline. The movie takes about 5 to 7 minutes to get into the story Gustave and Zero. Other than that, Willem Dafoe’s character kills a cat which the first time i saw it took me away from the enjoyment of the movie. I’m being pretty picky on that. The movie overall is so enjoyable and funny.
The Grand Budapest Hotel has a lot of positives to me. It’s so hilarious and so much dark comedy. Adrien Brody calls Ralph Fienes a “fucking faggot and a con man.” Fienes has so many hilarious lines and calls Dafoe’s character “a murderous pyschopath.” Fienes’ character goes in depth why he prefers older women because “they’re more seasoned and when you get older beggars can’t be choosers.” The film score and the interaction between characters are amazing. Edward Norton’s character looks up to Ralph Fienes’ character as does Zero. Goldblum is perfect as the lawyer. Harvey Keitel plays a character like his character from Pulp Fiction, the Wolf. The score has soft moments for the lighten funnier moment but grand operatic notes for the intense moments. My three favorite characters are Adrien Brody’s, Willem Dafoe’s, and Ralph Fienes. Wes Anderson is a character director which means he gets character actors to play certain roles in his films. It might be the main reason why people love his movies so much.
Overall, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a dark comedy drama. It’s filled with funny moments and intense action scenes which don’t involve explosions. I personality think it could be an Oscar nominated film but it’s too early to tell. My rating for the Grand Budapest hotel is 4.7 out of 5. The time jumps give me a bit of a headache thinking about them.