The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel

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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. Chuck

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


6 thoughts on “The Grand Budapest Hotel

  1. I think it’s an unspoken rule that if you’re a contender for an Oscar, there has to be at least two f bombs in your movie. Such a shame because the English language is capable of so much more variety of invectives than mere curse words.


  2. Excellent review of The Grand Budapest Hotel it reminds me of a lovely film on Netflix “Grand Hotel” a bit long winded in parts but worth seeing. Just a few lines on plot of the movie “In 1905 Julio, a young man, arrives at the Grand Hotel, an idyllic place in the middle of the countryside, to investigate the disappearance of his sister. He gets a job as a waiter and comes across the attractive wealthy daughter of the owner. He falls in love with her and starts a dangerous affair while she becomes the only person who will help him to discover the truth about his sister’s disappearance”.

    Thanks and have a nice weekend. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for the tip. I’ve just added “Grand Hotel” to my Netflix queue and will review it when I get the chance. Reviewing “The Grand Budapest Hotel” wasn’t particularly easy, as the movie is so wacky and bizarre. It felt like a little bit of Monty Python might have been an influence. Would you agree?


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