On Blu-ray this Tuesday from director Wes Anderson, Indian Paintbrush and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is a tale that comes from THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL.
The Blu-ray tells the story of Mr. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), the iconic concierge at the most prestigious Grand Budapest Hotel. Told by Zero Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham) the elder to a young writer (Jude Law) – it begins naturally with the history behind the hotel. Immediately it becomes clear that Mr. Gustave isn’t an ordinary concierge.
In fact, he loves women and the tale begins with the affair with Madame D (Tilda Swinton). At the same time we are introduced to a young Zero (Tony Revolori) who becomes Mr. Gustave’s sidekick. Training him in the ways of The Grand Budapest, Zero is not seen and not heard right away.
That is until the mysterious death of Madam D! Mr. Gustave is devastated and immediately goes to the funeral with Zero in tow and is met with hostility by Dmitri (Adrien Brody). Upset when he discovers Mr. Gustave is to receive a part of the inheritance, a priceless painting and Dmitri makes it a mission to ruin his life.
Now people are dropping like flies and the world is readying itself for war but everyone seems to have underestimated Mr. Gustave and his uncanny ability to solve the mystery, as only he is able!
FINAL WORD: Fiennes as Mr. Gustave is amazing, thrilling, dashing, eloquent, riveting and a concierge I’d hope to have (but not for reasons you may think!) From the moment his character comes on screen to the very end I am enthralled. The charm that oozes from Mr. Gustave is a combination of flawless and campiness that Fiennes delivers with ease – at least from where I sit!
Revolori as a young Zero is clearly stellar in this film. His facial expressions and wide-eyed wonderment can only be matched by his intensity and comedy. There isn’t a scene he is in that I am not just riveted by Revolori’s performance. This young performer has amazing timing and as Fiennes sidekick it’s hard to believe THE GRAND BUDAPES THOTEL is his first feature film. Looking at his bio of short works I cannot wait to see what he dos next!
There are so many performances in this film that the film must be seen, experienced and talked about – and something tells me it very well will be!
The DVD includes Bill Murray Tours the Town, Kunstmuseum Zubrowka Lecture, The Society of the Crossed Keys, The Making of the Grand Budapest Hotel in four parts, Mendl’s Secret Recipe, A featurette with director Anderson and cast, a Stills Gallery and theatrical trailer.
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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL four and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. The story is one I couldn’t have imagined yet everything I have asked for to entertain me. Feeling a dry spell for some time now, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL gave me so much enjoyment! I can’t hardly stand it actually. Filled with color, context, flawless design with a huge dash of wit, this film is a spectacle that is playful and hilarious.
The cast performed to the hilt and I have no complaints, I know freaky right? I have to say I love seeing Bill Murray even if only briefly. All of the cameos had to have been a director’s dream come true and next time I see Wes Anderson I plan to ask him just that!
Owning this amazing DVD gives viewers a chance to enjoy this hilarious story again and again which means it’s a winner in my book!
In the end – it is a history and an adventure set against THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL!