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Issue: Autumn 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) movie review

Come and Be Welcome

In a shabby-genteel Hungarian hotel, two men sit down to dinner. One, a wealthy regular guest tells his story, and the story of Gustave H. the idiosyncratic concierge and of his lobby boy Zero Moustafa. The story spans the two world wars in Europe.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is filled with well-known actors playing small roles, the hallmark of a small-release film that promises character development and possible quirks.

Certainly M. Gustave has his quirks. He satisfies his guests in all ways, whatever their gender or age. He is the face and heart of the hotel, and the reason why the wealthy and noble clientele return again and again.

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Movie poster, The Grand Budapest Hotel

He imparts his philosophy of life, and his trade, to young stateless Moustafa, and in dealing with the authorities shows himself to be clever and noble.

Is essence, this is a simple story, told well. It relies on characterisation and plot, and insight into human nature, and catches the audience's interest from the off.

Thoughtful and entertaining.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 10 April 2014
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Just the facts:

Title: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Written by: Inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig
Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness (story)
Wes Anderson (screenplay)
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Running time: 100 mins
Rating: M

The Players: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson, Bob Balaban, Fisher Stevens

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