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The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Even from the trailer, the mood of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel seems darker, more adult, than any of his work since Bottle Rocket. Sure, it’s still super-whimsical, with a bunch of Anderson-ites (Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Edward Norten, Jeff Goldblum, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman) hanging out on the snow-capped peak of a European mountain in a pink hotel, punching each other in the face and offering quippy, seemingly non-sequitor one-liners.


But unlike Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tenenbaums or Rushmore, The Grand Budapest Hotel deals with themes like death and crime, with a somewhat fey Ralph Fiennes holding court in his little palace while seducing the clientele (including a remarkably aged Tilda Swinton). The appearance of new faces like Harvey Keitel, Willem Dafoe, Léa Seydoux (from the sexually explicit but Palm d’Or-winning Blue is the Warmest Color),F. Murray Abraham and Mathieu Amalric signals to the audience that despite its pastel decor, this Hotel is not for children.