Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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grand budapest hotel coverThe Grand Budapest Hotel is another strangely unique film directed by Wes Anderson. It is fast paced, zany, sometimes ridiculous, but ultimately endearing and very entertaining. The plot weaves back and forth through time to tell the story of the hotel’s two most loyal staff members: Monsieur Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), the hotel’s concierge, and Zero (Tony Revolori), a war-torn immigrant assistant. After Gustave is falsely accused of murdering a wealthy elderly woman from whom he inherits a mysterious painting, the two men embark on an adventure to clear Gustave’s name.

The deadly villains, daring stunts, vaguely historical references, and hilarious dialogue will have you glued to your seat waiting to see the conclusion of this strange tale. The Grand Budapest Hotel has dozens of cameos ranging from Owen Wilson to Bill Murray; but it’s Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori that really steal the show. I recommend this title to fans of kitschy things, Wes Anderson films, and for those who like their movies a little odd.

Check the PPLC catalog for The Budapest Hotel.

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