“The Grand Budapest Hotel”: In Review

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Release Date: Friday 21 March 2014 (Kansas City Market)

Run Time: 100 Minutes

MPAA Rating: Rated R for language, some sexual content, and violence.

Cast: Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Jude Law

Happy Friday, Folks!  Director and screenwriter Wes Anderson has done it again in his newest film “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, which hit theaters in the Kansas City market today. Anderson, who is well known for his work on hit films such as “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox”, (forgiving “The Life Aquatic”) always hits the mark with his quirky, witty films that engage and sometimes mildly confuse audience members.  Going along with that theme, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” does not disappoint.

The film follows the life and adventures of Gustave H, played by Ralph Fiennes (well known for his role as Lord Voldemort in the “Harry Potter” series), the most attentive and incredible concierge who ever existed and his trusted friend and lobby boy Zero Moustafa (played by Tony Revolori).  The two join together after the death of a wealthy hotel guest and lover of Mr. Gustave who leaves some of her fortune to her favorite concierge.  The adventures that follow and the people they encounter along the way will leave moviegoers laughing right until the very end.

If you enjoyed the weirdness of “Moonrise Kingdom”, you’ll surely not be disappointed by this film.  Overall, it’s an enjoyable ride with beautiful scenery, a fun and easy to listen to score, and a cast that plays together nicely.

On the It’s An Ordinary Blog movie rating scale from one to ten where one is the best, five is the worst, and ten is the best again I give “The Grand Budapest Hotel” a glowing 9.3546 with an emoticon based sub-ranking of “That was seriously enjoyable!”