DIG Box Office: "Grand Budapest Hotel" shines as a comedy and a drama
BY: CYNTHIA MAULEON
Wes Anderson’s “Grand Budapest Hotel” is nothing short of a quick, witty, dramatic comedy featuring a stealth amount of Hollywood’s best. The recollection of past adventures of hotel concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes) are told by his once most trusted lobby boy, Zero Moustafa.
The two cross paths when Mr. Gustave takes Zero under his wing in order to teach him how to be a stellar lobby boy. When Mr. Gustave has to suddenly flee the hotel he brings Zero along only to then plunge into an unexpected series of events.
Jude Law, a young writer, requests Zero to tell him about his experience after he learns he is the current hotel owner.
The plot thickens as Mr. Gustave and Zero steal a very valuable, renaissance painting. The portrait’s owner and Gustave’s older ex-lover, Madame D, dies and leaves family members near and far questioning what the contents of her will are.
Many are surprised when it is revealed that Madame D’s will names Gustave as sole inheritor of the portrait and much more. Relatives of Madame D. are furious and her son Dmitri (Adrien Brody), seek to further investigate Gustave.
An important piece of the will appears to be missing and Dmitri is determined to find it as he seeks to keep his mothers inheritance.
Authorities chase Gustave and Zero throughout Central Europe to retrieve the painting and family members eagerly look for the missing piece of the will.
Zero's love, Agatha, joins the two and help Gustave escape prison.
The note is finally discovered and Gustave keeps the fortune, however, after unfortunate events, Zero is the only survivor and becomes inheritor of the long sought fortune and most importantly, the grand Budapest hotel.
The film returns to the present day at the Grand Budapest and to Zero recapping all the events at a dinner table with the young author. The hotel is no longer the gem it once was but Zero continues to find the beauty in it.