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03 Apr 2014

Bring on the Quirky: Wes Anderson's 'Budapest Hotel' Is a Joyous Achievement

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Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel. Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Writer-director Wes Anderson does it again with The Grand Budapest Hotel, another wholly unique, beautiful, quirky movie that could’ve only been made by him.

In a performance that must be remembered come awards time, Ralph Fiennes is magically hilarious as M. Gustave, the concierge at the fictional hotel named in the film’s title. Gustave has a penchant for older women—much older women—and his life takes a drastic turn when he is suspected in the murder of an elderly lover (Tilda Swinton in super-heavy makeup). Stolen art, scary train rides and a high-speed chase on skis ensue, with Anderson even employing stop-motion animation at times, as he did with Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Supporting performances by Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Jude Law, F. Murray Abraham, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Saoirse Ronan and many others make this a can’t-miss film.

There’s something so joyous and fun about the way Anderson makes movies. This is a remarkable, tremendous enjoyable achievement.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is playing at the Regal Rancho Mirage Stadium 16 (72777 Dinah Shore Drive, Rancho Mirage; 760-770-1615); the Regal Palm Springs Stadium 9 (789 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs; 760-323-4466); and the Century Theatres at The River (71800 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage; 760-836-1940).

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