Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Rated: M, Wes Anderson, 100 minutes, America, 2014 

Let me tell you a story-

A tale of concierges, hotels and chopped fingers

Where the breath of a fairy tale still lingers

Here frosted mountains enclose a narrative-

Of the most delightful means,

Always bending and twisting,

Never spilling the beans

Where characters are always finely drawn and engaging

Even when revelations leave them raging

Every mise-en-scene

Is a perfect match for the screen

Each set ‘piece’ a part of the puzzle

That allows it to laugh while still firing the gun muzzle

The acting is to a tee

Boundlessly marking each encounter with glee

And the subtle melancholia throughout

Leaves even the most sceptical critics without doubt:

This is a film to be admired

For all its sledge chases

And Stefan Zweig traces

For all its big star appearances

And timeless experiences

So get the bags and the bellboy too

This is a hotel you’ll want to check into

 

Written By: Elliot Seidel, May 2014

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