This unique, mature comedy/drama includes memorable characters played by several stars including Ralph Fiennes as Gustave H, a popular hotel concierge who has two key relationships – one with a close work colleague named Zero, played by Tony Revolori in a star making role, and one with Madame D, played by an unrecognizable Tilda Swinton.
Jude Law, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, F. Murray Abraham, Harvey Keitel, Jeff Goldblum, Mathieu Amalric, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tom Wilkinson, Bob Balaban and Williem Dafoe also star as various characters who offer as much variety as the ever changing European settings around them. Audiences can enjoy surprises, comedy, and amazing antics amid various squabbles over family fortunes and a special painting.
Director Wes Anderson exemplifies the joy of filmmaking with whimsical zoom movements with the camera and symmetrical shots with the main subjects placed in the middle of the lens frame.
Hugo Guinness co-writes the screenplay with Anderson, which is inspired by the works of classic author Stefan Zweig. Alexandre Desplat composes an outstanding score while cinematographer Robert D. Yeoman paints an appealing cinematic canvas throughout this highly recommended 99-minute film, which is rated R for language, some sexual content and violence.
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