The Grand Budapest Hotel is been one of the best film of this year modestly, a movie that is so beautifully realized from start to finish that I almost doubted myself on the way home. Could I really have enjoyed the film that much?
The Grand Budapest Hotel is a cleverest comedy genre, inspired by the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig. Director Wes Anderson’s eighth feature, is a surefire delight and most gorgeous movies dipping just enough of a toe in the real world with his audience, but even those inclined to complain that it’s just more of the same untested humor, and might want to look at it again. To be honest, I found myself not only charmed and touched but also moved of its break through moments
This British-German co-production financed by German financial companies and film funding organizations, and was filmed entirely on location in Germany. It stars Ralph Fiennes as a concierge who teams up with one of his employees to prove his innocence after he is framed for murder.
Its quintessential Anderson in his settled identity as a filmmaker and his story telling aptitude speaks volumes, so much so manicured artistically and richer comically, has been lavished on the conceit and its execution that you can only smile in admiration, but also an unabashed entertainment and sustaining illusion with the marvelous grace that’s something to watch.
The plot begin in the present, a teenage girl approaches a monument to a writer in a cemetery. In her arms is a memoir penned by a character known only as “The Author” (Tom Wilkinson). She starts reading a chapter from the book. The Author begins narrating the tale from his desk in 1985 about a trip he made to the Grand Budapest Hotel in 1968. The story traces in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka, a European alpine state ravaged by war and poverty, the young Author (Jude Law) discovers that the remote mountainside hotel has fallen on hard times. Many of its glistening facilities are now in a poor state of repair, and its guests are few. The Author encounters the hotel’s elderly owner, Zero Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham), one afternoon, and they agree to meet later that evening over the dinner. So in the hotel’s enormous dining room, Zero tells him the tale of how he took ownership of the hotel and why he is unwilling to close it down.
The movie then rolls back to the year of 1932 during the hotel’s glory days when the young Zero (Tony Revolori) was a lobby boy. Zubrowka is on the verge of war, but this is of little concern to Monsieur Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), who is the devoted concierge of the Grand Budapest Hotel. The owner of the hotel is unknown and only relays important messages through lawyer Deputy Kovacs (Jeff Goldblum). When he is not attending to the needs of the hotel’s wealthy clientele or managing its staff, Gustave courts a series of aging women who flock to the hotel to enjoy his “exceptional service”. One of the ladies is Madame D (Tilda Swinton), and Gustave spends the night with her prior to her departure.
A month later, he is informed that Madame D has died under mysterious circumstances. He takes Zero along as he races to her wake and the reading of the will, where Kovacs, coincidentally the executor of the will, reveals that she had bequeathed Gustave Boy with Apple, a very valuable painting, in her will. This enrages her family, all of whom hoped to inherit it. Her son, Dmitri Desgoffe und Taxis (Adrien Brody) whip out at Gustave. Gustave takes the painting and returns to the Grand Budapest with the help of Zero, securing the painting in the hotel’s safe. During the journey, Gustave makes a pact with Zero: in return for the latter’s help, he makes Zero his heir. Shortly thereafter, Gustave is arrested and imprisoned for the murder of Madame D after forced testimony by Serge X (Mathieu Amalric), Madame D’s butler.
Gustave in escaping from Zubrowka’s prison by sending a series of stone-working tools concealed inside cakes made by Zero’s fiancée Agatha (Saoirse Ronan). Along with a group of convicts, Gustave digs his way out of his cell. Gustave then teams up with Zero to prove his innocence. They are pursued by Jopling (Willem Dafoe), a cold-blooded assassin working for Dmitri, who kills Kovacs when he refuses to work with Dmitri. Their adventure takes them to a mountaintop monastery where they meet with Serge, the only person who can clear Gustave of the murder accusations, but Serge is strangled by a pursuing Jopling before he can reveal a piece of important information. Zero and Gustave steal a sled and chase Jopling as he flees the monastery on skis. During a face-off at the edge of a cliff, Zero pushes the assassin to his death and rescues Gustave.
The outbreak of the war breaks into Grand Budapest. The military converts it into a barracks. Gustave is heartbroken, vows to never again pass the threshold. Agatha joins the two and agrees to go inside and retrieve the painting, but Dmitri discovers her. A chase and a chaotic gunfight ensue before Gustave’s innocence is finally proven by the discovery of the copy of Madame D’s second will, which she gave to Serge and he subsequently hid in the back of the painting. The identity of Madame D’s murderer and how Gustave is proved innocent are left ambiguous (though earlier in the film a suspicious bottle labeled “strychnine” [a potent poison] can be seen on Jopling’s desk). Thus it reveals that she was the owner of the Grand Budapest. She leaves much of her fortune, the hotel, and the painting to Gustave, making him wealthy in the process, and he becomes one of the hotel’s regular guests while Zero becomes the new concierge.
This follows with the train journey across the border, enemy soldiers inspect Gustave and Zero’s papers. Zero describes Gustave being taken out and shot after defending Zero, as he did on the initial train ride in the beginning of the movie. Agatha succumbs to “the Prussian Grippe” and dies two years later, as does her infant son. Zero inherits the fortune Gustave leaves behind and vows to continue his legacy at the Grand Budapest, but a Communist takeover of Zubrowka and the ravages of time slowly begin to take their toll on both the building and its owner.
Zero confesses to the Author that he cannot bring himself to close the hotel because it is his last link to Agatha. The Author later departs for South America and never returns to the hotel. The film rolls into the present, as the girl continues reading in front of the statue of the Author.
Watching this movie summaries the faithful visual signatures, the cameras in its quick zooms, , speedy montages, refreshing in tone into crazy, colorful and extremely amusing frolic, and in its beneath- The Grand Budapest Hotel, is also a tale of tragedy and doom with lot more classy dip of history and nostalgia than it appears to be. This film also marks close to those wonderful characters of old order Europe and the dash of cultures that really existed and as terrific as almost the entire performances stand out is a welcome dose of originality.
- Produced and Directed by Wes Anderson
- Co-produced by Jeremy Dawson; Steven M. Rales & Scott Rudin
- Screenplay by Wes Anderson
- Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
- Starring : Ralph Fiennes; F. Murray Abraham; Edward Norton; Mathieu Amalric; Saoirse Ronan; Adrien Brody; Willem Dafoe; Léa Seydoux; Jeff Goldblum; Jason Schwartzman; Jude Law; Tilda Swinton; Harvey Keitel; Tom Wilkinson; Bill Murray; Owen Wilson and Tony Revolori
- Music by Alexandre Desplat
- Cinematographer: Robert Yeoman
- Edited by Barney Pilling
- Production Company: American Empirical Pictures; Indian paintbrush and Studio Babelsberg
- Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
- Release date: 6 February 2014
- Run time of 99 minutes
- Country : Germany and United Kingdom
- Language: English