Why does Wes Anderson hate animals so much?
Seriously, is there some sort of inside joke I'm missing? What's with all the animal death in his films? It's not like it's overly graphic, but it's just one of the many repetitive things I notice.
The Grand Budapest Hotel opens with a writer (Jude Law) staying and said hotel and starting up a conversation with Mr. Moustafa. (F. Murray Abraham) He tells him the story of how he came to acquire this hotel, long ago when he was just a bell boy named Zero (Tony Revolori) and took orders from the eccentric concierge M. Gustave. (Ralph Fiennes)
Here's the thing, this film is actually very sloppy. So many parts of it feel random and ridiculous, but it still manages to be amusing amidst all this dumb fuckery. That might sound like I didn't care for it. I did, I enjoyed the whole thing, but I have to point that out.
Fiennes and Revolori have good chemistry, and plenty of other great actors show up briefly. Saoirse Ronan as Zero's love interest. Willem DeFoe playing a very Willem DeFoe type character. Adrian Brody, who's first line made me go "I can't believe he just said that." Harvey Keitel, who took me a good 20 minutes to finally figure out it was him. Edward Norton. Lea Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzmen, and plenty of other Wes Anderson regulars.
This isn't the strongest of Anderson's work, but it has his signature look and feel and still manages to be a good watch.
Memorable Quote: "Don't flirt with her." - Zero (Tony Revolori)