Nostalgia has a way of brightening up the past, so director Wes Anderson's stylized technique perfectly matches the trip down memory lane that is The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Gustave; Agatha (Saoirse Ronan), a baker and Zero's sweetheart; and a number of characters played by Wes Anderson regulars like Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman and Tom Wilkinson.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is delightfully artificial. The characters all speak and move very self-awarely, which may be the lens of the elderly Zero thinking fondly of the good old days. Ralph Fiennes is very fun as the M. Gustave, making him an eccentric character who believes first and foremost in manners and politeness even amid the craziness surrounding him. The rest of the cast does well (even if some come and go in minutes), and Anderson keeps things going at a zany pace. The deliberate artificiality can be a bit distracting at times, but The Grand Budapest Hotel is as enjoyable and frothy a treat as Agatha's pastries.
Overall grade: B
Reviewed by James Lynch