The Budapest Hotel, a charming story with lots of laughter for everyone
Our suggestion for those who liked the movie: The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Ralph Fiennes as M. Gustave
Tony Revolori as Young Zero Moustafa
Release Date: 28 March 2014
Runtime: 100 min
Quote “Keep your hands off my lobby boy!”
Director: Wes Anderson
The Grand Budapest Hotel is a great movie for those of you who like to listen to every minute of every scene. If you seek to enjoy it, I recommend no skipping of scene because every little moment may break it or make it for you. A small piece of the story there, a great joke here, etc. You get the picture.
The first time I saw the movie was under the recommendation of my brother. He recommended it with high praise and specially commented on the barrel of laugher that it contain. Warning, do not think of this movie as funny if you like blunt comedy. The Grand Budapest Hotel focus on a more subtle and lighter kind of humour.
The story begins in 1932 and is based principally on the relationship between Monsieur Gustav H., the Grand Budapest’s devoted concierge and his lobby boy, Zero Mustafa. When Mr. Gustave is not busy managing every aspect of the hotel with an iron fist, he manages to seduce many of the hotel’s client. Preferably, aging women with lots of money. It is a well-known fact among the hotel’s staff that the majority of the hotel customer actually comes only for the exceptional service of Mr. Gustave, inside as much as outside the bedroom. One of the special ladies of the concierge is known as Madame D, a very rich widow whose fortune only compare to the loves she has for Mr. Gustave.
Soon after her departure, Mr. Gustave learn of Madame D death in strange circumstances but he rush to her wake to see her one last time, taking along Zero, nonetheless. Travelling from the Republic of Zubrowka(the Grand’s Budapest) to Germany, where the castle of Madame D is situated, is a long and tortuous voyage due to complications with Zero passport. During a routine checkpoint, a few words are exchanged between German soldiers and Mr. Gustav which goes along the lines of “Don’t you touch my lobby boy” followed by broken glass and well placed punches. Thanks to the interventions of their lieutenant which is an old acquaintance of Mr. Gustave, the matter is solved rapidly. Just in time for the reading of Madam D’s will which grant Mr. Gustave a very valuable painting that quickly enrage the widow’s family. Her son, Dmitri lashes out at Gustave. It is now announced that the will shall be studied further. To Mr. Gustave surprise, Zero suggest taking the painting and leaving before the family can act against them. During the return voyage, Mr. Gustave makes a pact with Zero, in return for his help, he makes him his sole heir.
Quickly after, a snowball of adventures befall our two companion leading them along the lines of prison, murder and revenge. I highly suggest the movie. Try it!
Subtle humour by Mr. Gustave who appear as a gentlemen but sometime let his character get the best of him. What made the movie a beautiful and funny story for me is the special relationship between the concierge and his lobby boy. Loyalty.
The humour of the movie may be a little to subtle for some people. The mise en scene of the movie is more like a theatrical showing than anything else which need a special audience to appreciate.
For those of you who adored the film, I suggest those two movies, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou which share some of the same characteristics that made The Grand Budapest Hotel a pleasure to watch. Enjoy.