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"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Updated: Tuesday, June 3 2014, 01:06 AM CDT
At the age of 44, Wes Anderson isn't slowing down. Not one bit! The Grand Budapest Hotel will become a classic, going down in history as one of his best. It's amazing how he comes up with these idiosyncratic characters like he does. When I first saw the trailer in a 4:3 ratio, I didn't understand what the plot was and thought it was going to be his worst movie yet. With colorful characters that are quirkier than any of his other movies, I was clearly wrong.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is a story about Guxtave H (Ralph Fiennes), who is the concierge of a famous hotel in Europe. While working there, he forms a loyal friendship with a lobby boy named Zero Moustafa (newcomer Tony Revolori). Gustave becomes close to the owner of the hotel, and upon her death, she leaves him a Renaissance painting called "Boy with an Apple." Her son (played by Adam Brody) won't stand for it.
Wes Anderson is like a fine wine with his directing just getting better with time. He's the Scorsese of indie-filmmaking. The focus here is on Gustave and the lobby boy and the friendship they form. It's heart-warming, especially since I am STILL trying to get over Rushmore's Herman Blume breaking Max Fischer's heart. And yes, you can be rest assured that Bill Murray shows up in The Grand Budapest Hotel.
By Ken The Critic @kenthecritic