The comedy adventure The Grand Budapest Hotel features a diverse and star-studded ensemble cast that includes Jude Law, Willem Dafoe and Owen Wilson, among others. Set in the period between the two world wars, the movie is about the legendary concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes) and his sidekick, a bellboy named Zero (Tony Revolori). Two major story lines concern the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the bitter fight over a family fortune.
Other big names include Oscar winners Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton (The Chronicles of Narnia), Edward Norton and Jason Schwartzman (The Darjeeling Limited). Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel and Bill Murray top off the all-star cast.
Ensemble casts of this magnitude often spell disaster for a film, usually because the movie is little more than a showcase for the actors. But, given its colorful and compelling plot, The Grand Budapest Hotel may very well be an exception. The intrigue and excitement, along with the atmosphere of a glamorous era and an exotic locale, make it potentially a very entertaining film on the merits.
Directing this ambitious project is Wes Anderson, who knows something about offbeat humor after helming comedies like Moonrise Kingdom and The Royal Tenenbaums. As he did for many previous projects, Anderson wrote the screenplay. His collaborator was actor/writer Hugo Guinness.
The Grand Budapest Hotel hits theaters in limited release March 7, 2014.
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