Movie Review – The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
This amusing film tells the story of Gustave, the famous concierge of the Grand Budapest Hotel, and how he conducted his duties with pride and zeal to ensure the magnificent Grand Budapest Hotel maintained its image as one of the most remarkable hotels in all of Europe. Along the way, he mentors young lobby boy Zero Moustafa, who grows up to be his ally and friend, as well as junior employee. Together, they have a number of adventures and close calls during the time of post WWI and pre WWII, always in the spirit of maintaining the fabulousness of the Grand Budapest Hotel.
This was one of those rare comedy films that felt very unique and fresh, and was not just another one of the same films trying to make you laugh for the same reasons. The writing in this film was fantastic, with story lines that were sometimes absurd but so enjoyable that we were happy to laugh our way along with it. Great scenes of humour were interspersed with action and suspense, but always with more than a touch of humour, keeping the film light. The screenwriters did a great job taking the original novel and fitting it to the screen.
Sometimes the humour got a little bit too much slapstick and over the top for the scenes, which in a couple of scenes caused some minor annoyance as we were almost taken out of the scenes and movie a little bit, but for the most part, this was a minor issue.
Moving on, the visual effects and general cinematography of the film were beautiful. The film did a wonderful job of illustrating and making us feel like we were in the vibrant times of a classy post WWI hotel. Scenes outside the hotel were equally thrilling and enjoyable.
The acting in the film was top notch, with an array of fantastic actors turning out great performances, including Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Jeff Goldblum, Adrian Brody, Bill Murray, Jude Law, Tony Revolori, and Saoirse Ronan.
Overall, this film was definitely an enjoyable, comedic ride that is well worth seeing.
Overall: 4 stars out of 5 stars.