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The Grand Budapest Hotel

(DVD - 2014)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
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The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified],, [2014]
Edition: EnglishSpanishFrench version
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Additional Contributors: Anderson, Wes 1969-
Goldblum, Jeff 1952-, Actor
Murray, Bill 1950 September 21-, Actor
Norton, Edward Actor
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc.

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Dec 18, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Wes Anderson’s signature penchant for idiosyncrasy and convolution are on full display as he spins one of his tallest tales to date. High atop a mountainside in the fictional republic of Zubrowka sits the Grand Budapest Hotel. Once one of the swankiest retreats in Europe it is now a mere shadow of its former glory with peeling wallpaper, cracked tiles, and only a few curiosity seekers and dreamers haunting its hallways. In the winter of 1968 one such guest, a young writer, is invited to join the hotel’s reclusive owner, the mysterious Mr. Moustafa, for dinner in the main salon. During the course of their meal Moustafa regales the spellbound man with the story of how he came into possession of the Grand Budapest beginning in 1932 when, as a young impoverished immigrant, he was hired to be a “Lobby Boy” by the hotel’s impeccably eccentric concierge, M. Gustave. In the delightfully realized alternate reality that follows man and boy will brave fascist coups, pull off a master theft, and evade homicidal heirs (not to mention a fantastical prison escape and Gustave’s lecherous liaisons with a string of wealthy dowagers). It’s a storybook saga of sorts, like most of Anderson’s work, with larger-than-life characters and improbable feats of derring-do—although a sober ending and some rough scenes mark this as a decidedly adult fairy tale. Finally, a marvelous script and inventive staging make the most of a string of celebrity cameos including Anderson mainstays Bill Murray and Edward Norton, although an outrageously coiffed and spackled Tilda Swinton playing an 84-year old lovestruck patron owns the show for her entire five minute walk-on. Despite an annoying change in aspect ratios meant to represent a change in timelines—box screen for 1932, widescreen for 1968, and 16X9 for 1985—which comes across as mere gimmickry this is a fine example of Anderson at the height of his creative powers. Applause!

Dec 17, 2014
  • RebelHeart rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A quirky movie, but I enjoyed it.

Dec 17, 2014
  • LauraSteinert rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A romp. star-studded cast of extras is much fun! It actually was laugh-out-loud funny--at least when you recognized the cast members. Cute story.

Dec 13, 2014
  • churchstreader rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Definitely worth watching. Quirky beautiful cinematography from Wes Anderson. Many great performances. Rich. Engaging.

Dec 13, 2014
  • Ecsandar rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Gorgeous, highly original and quirky film crammed full of big stars in small roles. Fiennes is a real treat as "Monsieur Gustav". Not as deep a plot as one would hope, but the dialog is really delicious.

Dec 11, 2014
  • bjohns rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I'm a big fan of Wes Anderson and I was looking forward to this movie. The acting is brilliant, the cinematography superb, but I expected something with a little more humor from this director/writer. The usual wordplay seemed absent...

Dec 09, 2014
  • jaqmartial rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Farcical but overrated
Did not have to wait for the long line up at the library...it is available on Netflix....

Dec 08, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Like some other reviewer said, it sucks you in. A times a little crazy but overall entertaining and pretty good.

Dec 08, 2014
  • hammer59 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The trailer made it seem a little too cutesy for me, but I am glad I watched it. Very humorous and cleverly written.

Plenty of A-list actors playing interesting roles. Bravo!

Dec 01, 2014
  • kevfarley rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Spectacular !

So much better than I expected.
Thanks to expectations that were buffered by the reviewers here.

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Nov 20, 2014
  • Dimmu16 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Dimmu16 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Nov 20, 2014
  • Dimmu16 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The somewhat long and also colorful history of The Grand Budapest hotel.

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Sep 11, 2014
  • jellobird1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: there is quite a bit of swearing

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Jul 25, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Moustafa on Gus:
--There are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity... He was one of them. What more is there to say?
--To be frank, I think his world had vanished long before he ever entered it - but, I will say: he certainly sustained the illusion with a marvelous grace!

Gus: I must say, I find that girl utterly delightful. Flat as a board, enormous birthmark the shape of Mexico over half her face, sweating for hours on end in that sweltering kitchen (in the bakery), while Mendl, ...

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