Quirky and farcical in the extreme, I really liked this movie told in multiple layers of stories, all centered around a magnificent old hotel during the time between the World Wars. With a massive cast of talented actors (see list below) in roles both large and infinitesimal, I especially appreciated how most of the American actors made absolutely no effort to adopt an eastern European accent which added a subtle comedic effect. My favorite cameo was Owen Wilson playing a character who gives his name as, and I’m not kidding, Monsieur Chuck. The reason I give this only 4 stars is because I felt the shenanigans and gyrations of the story did not need the foul language and sexual vulgarity in order to be effective and thus it seemed they were added only to secure an R rating. Charming, gloriously complicated and ridiculously funny, I found this sly movie to be highly entertaining and immensely satisfying. Brimming with brilliant pithy lines such as “You’re the first of the official death squads to whom we’ve been formally introduced. How do you do?” A richly embroidered tale of unscrupulous persons, hijinks, heists, mystery, greed and romance. A delightful throwback to an era that maintained at least the appearance of gentility and lauded social graces, this film celebrates that “there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity.” – BETHANY
Just some of the illustrious Cast:
Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Léa Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson, Fisher Stevens
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Monsieur Gustave and Lobby Boy Zero
Jopling and Dmitri
Zero and Agatha
Bellhops and the baggage of just one person staying at the Grand Budapest.
Henckels and a Death Squad
A completely unrecognizable Tilda Swinton as Madame D.
Photos courtesy of American Empirical Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, Babelsberg Studio and Fox Searchlight Pictures