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Dollhouse in Decline: Grand Budapest Hotel

Posted in Review with tags , on March 22, 2014 by Timothy Parfitt

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At this point, most viewers who are familiar with Wes Anderson films know where they stand. Either they find them enchanting or precious. After Moonrise Kingdom, I had been leaning towards the latter, but Grand Budapest Hotel won me over. There’s an appealing grandness  of scale that’s been lacking from some of his recent work. It’s as if his dollhouse has expanded to include a whole chunk of history and (fictionalized) geography.

The film follows the adventures of Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes) a world-class concierge and his trusty “Lobby Boy” Zero (Tony Revololi) through a series of adventures involving dead elderly lovers, disputed wills, a priceless painting and an alpine chase scene. Continue reading