The Grand Budapest Hotel

St. Scholastica's Student Newspaper
The Cable
By: Jordyn Kirk - Student Journalist -

Or the adventures of a Lobby Boy

If you enjoy witty humor and a wonderful storyline, then The Grand Budapest Hotel is a must-see movie.

The film covers the adventures of Gustave H., a concierge at a famous hotel in the Republic of Zubrowka, a fictional European state located in the Alps. The tale spans three timelines, each shot in a different aspect ratio in respect to that time. The storyline is mainly about how Zero Moustafa went from being a refugee lobby boy to the owner of the failing hotel, and why he refuses to close it down despite the fact that it's fallen into ruin.

Filmed entirely on location in Germany, this movie feels real despite being a fictional account.

With a marvelous cast that includes Ralph Fiennes as Monsieur Gustave, Tony Revolori as young Zero, Saoirse Ronan as Agatha (Zero's romantic interest and a baker of fine cakes), and Bill Murray as Monsieur Ivan, it's easy to see how this movie has become such a hit.
Directed by Wes Anderson, who's directed films such as Moonrise Kingdom, and The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Anderson has outdone himself with The Grand Budapest Hotel. The style is truly his own, and features enough comedic relief to parallel the dark themes the film covers.

Even the critics have truly enjoyed this film, giving it a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with 194 out of 211 critics calling the movie "certified fresh." The site summarizes the movie with the following quotation, "Typically stylish but deceptively thoughtful, The Grand Budapest Hotel finds Wes Anderson once again using ornate visual environments to explore deeply emotional ideas."

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a fine film, best enjoyed on the big screen. Locally, it's playing at the Zinema 2, and more information can be found at their website.