Here is the first great movie of 2014 - and not a moment too soon. I run hot and cold on Wes Anderson’s work, but this film captivated me completely. It may have something to do with the time period and setting (Eastern Europe between the two world wars), but I think it has as much to do with Anderson’s inspired filmmaking.
In each of his pictures he creates a world all its own. Here, that world is thoroughly invented down to the tiniest detail, although it has its roots in the reality of luxe living in the 1920s, as the well-to-do knew it. The main character is Monsieur Gustave H, a suave, confident concierge at the impossibly elegant Grand Budapest Hotel in Zubrowka. He is accustomed to treating his guests with the utmost deference and seeing to their every need, be it social or sexual, which is why he is revered. M. Gustave takes on a young protégé (newcomer Tony Revolori) as his lobby boy and aide-de-camp, which comes in handy as the usually unflappable concierge finds himself in trouble with the law.
Anderson clearly spent time watching vintage Lubitsch films to capture the essence of period elegance and charm, but even that master of sophisticated comedy never made a caper film in which dialogue is delivered at machine-gun speed and non-sequiturs rule the day.
Ralph Fiennes gives a heroically hilarious performance as M. Gustave, a nimble-witted fellow who, for all his polish, is quite plain-spoken when the occasion demands. This is flawless acting that—dare I say it—would be worthy of an Academy Award if anyone remembers it nine months from now. He is surrounded by other skillful actors at the top of their game, including F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Mathieu Amalric, and Wes Anderson regulars Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, and Bill Murray.
As usual, composer Alexandre Desplat contributes a lively and surprising score, which is capped off by a balalaika orchestra over the closing credits. Be sure not to leave the theater until they’re over; if you do, you’ll be cheating yourself. This is a movie you’ll want to savor, from start to finish.
- Leonard Maltin, famous film critic
82% of viewers liked this movie (out of 131,956 votes)
92% of selected movie critics recommended this movie (out of 224 reviews)
Duration: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric
Language: English with Thai subtitles
The Emporium Shopping Complex
662 Sukhumvit Road
Phrom Phong BTS Skytrain station, Exit 2
Tickets *** IMPORTANT ***
This showing is part of the Elle Magazine Fashion Film Festival 2014 and is one of the last three showings of this movie in Thailand
. After that you will be able to see the film only on DVD but as a movie critic for the Bangkok Post writes, "Forget the DVD, this is something that breathes only when you see it on the big screen." To see this film, you must buy your ticket in advance because all tickets are expected to be sold out in advance
, go here to buy your ticket at 200 baht:
(1) Go to: http://booking.sfcinemacity.com/visSelect.aspx?visLang=1&visMovieName=&visSearchBy=&MemId=
(2) Select "SFX CINEMA Emporium"
(3) Select "Grand Budapest, The"
(4) Select Sat 2 Aug, 19:30. Ticket will cost 190 baht plus 10 baht booking fee.
6:30 PM - Coffee and Snacks at Starbucks, 5th Floor, almost directly below the cinema. Chat with the most interesting people in Bangkok!
7:25 PM - Leave Starbucks and go up the very nearby escalator to the cinema.
7:30 PM - The movie, "The Grand Budapest Hotel", Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric
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