How does one do justice in describing this masterpiece? We have a multi-generational retelling of how a rather grand, gooky, hotel came into the possession of someone that started off his career as a lobby boy.
Ralph Fiennes steals the show as Mr Gustav the concierge that maintains the quality and prestige of the Budapest Hotel. In addition to this, he takes care of his lady clients with a special attention to detail, giving them the full service and companionship they so crave.
It is due to this special service that our story originates. One such lady, who is in love with our Gustav, dies (or was she murdered?) and leaves him her estate, much to the chagrin of her family. The story is then set for the romp and surreal antics that we are about to witness.
M. Gustave: She was dynamite in the sack, by the way.
Zero: …She was 84, Monsieur Gustave.
M. Gustave: Mmm, I’ve had older. When you’re young, it’s all filet steak, but as the years go by, you have to move on to the cheap cuts. Which is fine with me, because I like those. More flavorful, or so they say
The dialogue is brilliant with many a witty rant that reminds me of when Fiennes played his hard man from In Bruges. In addition to the great screenplay, the background has a lot going on. Keep an eye out for many a cameo and there is a great KeyStoneCop moment from Harvey Keitel.
The cinematography is beautiful, very bright and distinct colours and some wonderful sets as we get a very picture book view of their world.
This movie needs to be viewed multiple times to get a fully appreciation of all its parts. Each viewing delivers something new. Well worth the investment.
Sunday, 11th October 2015