The world at the beginning of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” has moved from its glory days but they are not forgotten. Wes Anderson’s 8th movie is an ode to a more esteemed past and a celebration of the art of story telling. At the start of the movie we are introduced to an author who begins unwrapping the story for us before introducing another story teller who then then presents the world of The Grand Budapest Hotel itself. It was the height of class in 1932 as the rich roamed the halls, all overseen by the watchful eye of Ralph Fiennes’s Gustave, the concierge of the hotel, and his ever dutiful lobby boy Zero, newcomer Tony Revolori. The pair form a compelling mentor-protege duo as they adventure around pre-war Europe while avoiding the police, invading armies, and a particularly mean looking William Dafoe. Fiennes and Revolori steal the show with their onscreen relationship as the pair form a natural friendship and it’s hard to believe that this is Revolori’s first serious film role as the character of Zero comes naturally to him as he fills Zero with warmth and humor. The rest of the cast throughout the film, such as Jeff Goldblum as a paranoid lawyer and Bill Murray in his obligatory Wes Anderson role, is spot-on with the movie’s sense of humor and even tragedy. There is a sadness in the movie as the world moves on around the hotel and even on the inside things begin to slowly change but as long as Gustave and Zero are around “The Grand Budapest Hotel” will carry on admirably for its guests and audiences. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is out now in select theaters and should not be missed.
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