As the handsome poster above illustrates, The Grand Budapest Hotel is an embarrassment of riches in terms of characters and the actors that play them. The poster also reminds me a little of Guess Who? Here are five of the best Grand Budapest Hotel characters…
1. M. Gustave H.
Unsurprisingly, Gustave is the finest Grand Budapest Hotel character. Played by Ralph Fiennes in his first Wes Anderson movie, M. Gustave H. is endlessly amusing. The revered concierge may exhibit morally questionable tendencies, but his demeanour ensures that he is very likeable.
2. Madame D.
Tilda Swinton is almost unrecognisable as Madame D. As the ageing wealthy guest, Swinton’s performance is wonderfully theatrical. She seems to have fun as the memorable Grand Budapest Hotel character.
3. Zero Moustafa
Newcomer Tony Revolori is a fantastic straight man to Fiennes’ posturing Gustave. As lobby boy Zero, Revolori’s deliver is bone dry, and his chemistry with Fiennes is a joy to watch. The master and apprentice relationship develops into a friendship which gives the film heart.
Being one of strangest of The Grand Budapest Hotel characters is no mean feat. Yet Willem Dafoe’s Jopling is bizarre in both appearance and demeanour. Appearing in some of the film’s most memorable scenes, Jopling is the most menacing antagonist for Gustave and Zero.
With so many brilliant Grand Budapest Hotel characters, Serge had stiff competition. Nonetheless, he elevated himself above the likes of Bill Murray’s M. Ivan and Adrien Brody’s Dmitri. Played by Mathieu Amalric, Serge is a fantastically ambiguous character. His appearance makes adds to the mystery, and his presence is most befitting of the Anderson oeuvre.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is released in cinemas on Friday 7th March 2014.
Wes Anderson’s latest is immensely entertaining. With amusing characters and a riveting plot, The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of Anderson’s strongest films to date.
New lobby boy Zero trains under the esteemed M. Gustave H., concierge at The Grand Budapest Hotel. Zero learns about the ways of the hotel, including Gustave’s relationships with the wealthiest of guests…
With an off-beat but memorable historical setting, The Grand Budapest Hotel offers an interesting plot unfolding over a well-paced narrative. The film combines adventure, mystery, comedy and a crime thriller all filtered through Wes Anderson’s inimitable gaze.
The chain of events that unfold are unpredictable, which heightens the appeal of the film. It is unclear exactly where the narrative will go for a good portion of the duration. Wes Anderson brings a lightness to proceedings; The Grand Budapest Hotel could have had a completely different tone with another director at the helm. There are some violent depictions in the film, but these are dealt with in a comedic fashion. The dark humour in these scenes is most successful.
The Grand Budapest Hotel features some familiar Anderson thematic and visual traits. The sledging sequence is both rudimentary and wonderful in its quaintness. Costumes and set design is terrific. The film’s protagonists are portrayed in an amusing fashion which does not negate from developing their friendship in a sincere manner.
The film features an enviable cast. Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori have great chemistry and master and apprentice Gustave and Zero. Fiennes in particular displays his adeptness at comedy in this role, and generates many of the laughs. Other cast members are good in smaller roles, including Willem Dafoe and Tilda Swinton.
With The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson fans will be sated. Moreover, those with less of an affiliation with the writer-director should also find the film a most enjoyable tale, told with colour and a sense of buoyancy. The Grand Budapest Hotel is marvellous fun.