The Grand Budapest Hotel

Posted on March 23, 2014


The Grand Budapest Hotel – M. Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes) is the concierge at The Grand Budapest Hotel and he loves, in the most literal sense, his guests. When Madame D. (Tilda Swinton) dies after spending her last night at the hotel with M. Gustave and names him in her will, her relatives decide he killed her.
After spending time in jail, Gustave manages to escape, and he and his lobby boy go on the run looking for the real murderer.

This is a terribly funny movie if you like dry British, unemotional humor. It’s very different in that it’s a combination of Keystone Kops and “tied her to the railroad tracks” antics and urbane wit. The story is told by the present day Zero (F. Murray Abraham), who is now the owner of the famous hotel.

Ralph Fiennes is particularly delightful. This is first time I’ve seen him in a comedic role. He’s helped along with lots of other talent: Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, Tom Wilkinson, Jude Law, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel, Willem Dafoe and, look closely, Owen Wilson. An unknown Tony Revolori plays the young Zero quite well.