THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
Spoiled by Immoral Content
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray
Abraham, Tony Revolori,
Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody,
Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum,
Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill
Murray, Saoirse Ronan, Edward
Norton, Jason Schwartzman, Lea
Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Tom
Wilkinson, Owen Wilson, Bob
Runtime: 99 minutes
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures/News
Director: Wes Anderson
Executive Producer: Molly Cooper, Christopher
Fisser, Henning Molfenter,
Producer: Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson,
Steven M. Rales, Scott Rudin
Writer: Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, and Chase Carey, President/COO, News Corp.
Stephen Gilula, President/COO, and Nancy Utley, President/COO, Fox Searchlight Pictures
20th Century Fox Film Corp. (a division of Fox, Inc. and News Corp.)
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A young writer is staying at the Grand Budapest Hotel for the entire summer. One day the owner arrives, a man named Zero Moustafa. Completely interested in his story, the young writer asks about the hotel’s history.
At one time, Moustafa was the lobby boy. A war refugee from World War I, Zero came to the hotel to work. The concierge, Gustave H, took him under his wing as an apprentice. Zero follows Gustave all around the hotel, witnessing Gustave’s love of old, rich women. Gustave’s biggest love is Madame D. Much older, Madame D. dies soon after Zero starts working at the hotel.
Gustave takes and Zero to attend the funeral of Madame D. and meet with her top housekeeper. Gustave learns that Madame D. left him a priceless painting, much to the chagrin of her son, Dmitri, and his sisters. A henchman helps Dmitri frame Gustave for his mother’s murder, apparently by poisoning. With help from Zero and Zero’s new girlfriend, Agatha, Gustav must find a way to clear his name. First, however, they must break him out of jail.
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL is an interesting, exhilarating movie but it’s not morally uplifting. Though it contains some Catholic Christian references, the overall content is vulgar and materialistic. Also, the main character is a questionable person. As is the Director/Writer, Wes Anderson’s, nature, the movie is very character driven. The style is true to Wes Anderson, with bright color tones, but it’s marred by lewd content, foul language, and violence.
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL is interesting, entertaining and well produced, but it’s not morally uplifting. Despite some Christian Catholic elements, its worldview is mixed, with strong lewd content, violence, and foul language. Also, the main character is a questionable person. As with other movies by Wes Anderson, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL is very stylish and character driven. The style and characters are often captivating. The performances are fun. Even so, the movie’s objectionable content is excessive. So, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL ultimately is unacceptable.