The Grand Budapest Hotel

Picture Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

Picture Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a quirky comedy inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig.  Although Zweig is a name you may not know, at one time he was the most popular author in the world.

The film stars Ralph Fiennes as a notable and respected concierge, Monsieur Gustave.  Everyone in the hotel relies on his expertise on every matter, even the guests.  He has a certain taste for particular guests that stay at the hotel.  He becomes their friend, playmate and confidant.  When a particular guest, Madame D (played by Tilda Swinton) dies mysteriously he takes his new protege, Zero, with him to pay his last respects.  Madame D’s entire extended family has shown up in order to hear the reading of the will which does not quite turn out how they expected.  Monsieur Gustave is then framed for the murder of Madame D which sets into motion an elaborate and strange adventure to clear his name and find the real killer.

The film stars an array of well known actors and actresses.  It is quite a strange film.  You will know if you are going to like the film within the first 10 minutes because of its unique style.  For some reason I really enjoyed the quirky style and odd way the film was done.  I can see where others may lose interest as it did seem a bit long at times, but otherwise a strange and delightful adventure.  The Grand Budapest Hotel is on Netflix, and as noted, you will know if you are going to like the film or not after the first 10 minutes.

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