The Grand Budapest Hotel


Quirky comedy directed by Wes Anderson and starring Ralph Fiennes Discuss this article

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There’s nothing like the glow of a truly great film – and this could be Wes Anderson’s keeper – to trigger some niggling reservations.

The Grand Budapest Hotel, set in a towering pink mansion situated somewhere in a dreamlike 1930s Alps, plays like a breakthrough. Its main character is a beloved concierge, M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes, cutting loose with his underutilised comic chops), who might as well be an elegant yet foulmouthed version of the filmmaker himself. His regime boasts military precision, but his code is one of love, as Gustave wins the affections of all his guests, by his own happy admission.

Smartly, Anderson adds a foil, Zero, our narrator (voiced by F. Murray Abraham), once upon a time a young lobby boy with a drawn-on moustache. Newcomer Tony Revolori plays him with the quaking excitement of an acolyte. A small shift, but a significant one: Anderson’s universe, as refined as ever, is under siege. Exterior forces of fascism, like a dead guest’s furious grandson and his henchman gather, representing the end of happy days.

By Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out Doha,

The Grand Budapest Hotel

  • Duration: 100
  • Released: Wed, 19 Mar
  • Classification: 18+
  • Language: English
  • Director: Wes Anderson
  • Stars: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric

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