Wes Anderson at his best
The Grand Budapest HotelRegal Union Square (850 Broadway, Manhattan, New York City, NY 10003) Map it $14
Wes Anderson is on top of his game with his latest film The Grand Budapest Hotel. A story within a story within a story, Anderson finally lands us in the 1930's at a beautiful hotel in the Swiss Alps. M. Gustav is the head concierge at the hotel; a man of refinement but also great cunning. He's a total enigma, but in addition to having sexual relations with the rich elderly female guests, he also takes a shine to the new lobby boy Zero. When he discovers that one of his lovers has died of mysterious causes, he heads out to pay his last respects, Zero in tow. Unfortunately, when Gustav arrives to find he has been bequeathed one her most valuable possessions, Boy with Apple, he is also accused of murdering her. What ensues are chase scenes and more glorious chase scenes. Anderson lines-up another cast of quirky characters to keep us enraptured and every detailed is planned out just so. The film is a comedic masterpiece.
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, 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 -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.