The Grand Budapest Hotel

“There are still faint glimmers of civilisation left in this barbaric slaughter house known as humanity…he was one of them.”  How can you not love a film which incorporates humour, violence, poetry, art and war.  It’s absurd, funny, witty, exciting, touching, tinged with sadness colourful and exuberant.

I’ll try and encapsulate the story line…

Centred around the life and times of Gustave. H (Ralph Finnes) a Gatsbyeque, Queensbury rules , concierge at the famous Grand Budapest Hotel.  Zero, the lobby boy (Tony Revolori) becomes Gustave’s protege, learning the ways of the highest level of service and how to satisfy (uh hum) the rich elderly women who stay in the hotel.  When one day, one of Gustave’s “ladies” dies, he rushes to her, to find that he as been left a painting, but is later framed for murder of the old dear, as it’s uncovered there was a late adjustment to the will.  This ensues a prison break, a series of chases, assistance from the cross key society and finally a shoot out and his name being cleared.  There is a side line of Zero and Agatha, which brings a love story in to the piece which is simultaneously touching and comical.  

I have to say, while the story line is a little contrite and I worked out the twists within the first 15 minutes of the film being on, it doesn’t detract from the enjoyment of the piece as actually, the true masterpiece of this is the filming, stunning visuals and different techniques used to convey each part of the story, which is just a vehicle to bring another filming style to the movie.

The aesthetics of this film have been described in reviews as “as filigree chocolate box” and they are not wrong.  The screen is filled with bright colours and grand luxurious sets which seep the viewer in to the Art Deco world of the 1930s.  There are moments where the live action chases almost feel like stop graphic animation, giving the impression that the viewer is watching a metal wind up toy, resonating  other works of Wes Anderson (such as Fantastic Mr Fox).

I’m going to put it out there….I am not a Ralph Finnes fan…but this film has possibly turned that around with his quintessentially English performance of Gustave.  Presenting as the ultimate gentleman and mentor, as his situation deteriorates he never looses the stiff upper lip approach, but His langauge gets ever more filled with profanity, which could have been perceived as crude and unnecessary,  but actually adds to the character over all.

The script is filled with faced paced dialogue and there is never a lag in the story line, which coupled with the stunning filming keeps the viewer intrigued and entertained.

This film could be seen as a social commentary in the decline of the golden age, with the hotel falling to failure when it is finally left to Zero, which pulls up the darker undertones of this piece, as while the films bright colours gives it an almost cartoon like edge, there is the undercurrents of prostitution, murder, exile, anti-semitism and disease, but this is waltzed around like a kid on a tea cup ride, never really allowing the viewer to dwell too long on this underbelly of currupt behaviour and death.

If, like me you had never even considered watching this film, I urge you to as this is like taking a long weekend to a different time and place in an hour and a half and staying right in the comfort of your own sofa.


2 thoughts on “The Grand Budapest Hotel

Add yours

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a website or blog at

Up ↑

Philosopher Muse

An explorer of volition and soul

The Devil's Playground

The journey through mental health by a sardonic soul

Fort of melancholy

Art & Photography

Ailish Sinclair

Stories and photos from Scotland

Memoirs of Miss Salt...........

Memories of past and present antics!

A Voice in the Dark

An Independent film company

Rich Pieces

Obsessed with film since 1982

BENLEANDER_Design Studio

Branded Storytelling and Visual Design

Big Art Theory Blog

a place where art meets literature in a way unseen before

Zhiguai Translations

Classical Chinese tales of the strange and anomalous, translated (roughly) by Geoff Humble.

Bitchin’ in the Kitchen

..because the thoughts that fall, kicking and screaming from my head need a safe place to land..


MarkovichUniverse AT

Finding French Charming

Finding True Love.. Even After Forty

My expressions

unexpressed thoughts

Channel Zero Archives

Analysis, images, meta & more, celebrating the surreal horror classic, currently streaming on Shudder

Quaint Revival

quirks, quips & photo clicks

It's Turpintime!

Stuff & Bits For The Muddled and Addled.

Things that happened on this date in history. Probably.

Eerie Unsolved

A Mix-Up of Mysteries, Conspiracie and All Things Spooky!

The Battles of Frankie

The failings and anecdotes of an average Aussie woman

The Indy Diarist

A Day in the Life

Leggings & Tea

Books. Art. Life.


Tiling.Renovation. Restoration.Photography

High Lumen

lighting design blog

Lady with Black Lipstick

Hopeless romantic speaking her thoughts.


This is the page where I will share my thoughts about football, my memories and funny stories.

The Latent Being

Believer of Freedom of Mind


A panorama is defined as an unbroken view of the whole region surrounding an observer. My panorama includes a jumbled mess of ideas and thoughts waiting to be typed out. Welcome to my panorama.

Marina Baker

marketing, social media, & business development

Chef Dave, Esq.

Lawyer by trade -- Cook by passion

Dr. Eric Perry’s Blog

Motivate | Inspire | Uplift

Cryssy’s Blog

Loving YOU without the Mask!


just a regular human trying to survive in the city


Your Source For The Coolest Science Stories

Amdall Gallery

Artwork, data analysis, and other projects by Jon

The Planet According to Dom

Where humour and adventure collide

O' Canada

Reflections on Canadian Culture From Below the Border

%d bloggers like this: