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Check in: Wes Anderson’s new film

By Jasmine Vasarhelyi

Wes Anderson. Simply the name should be enough to for people to know who the man is.

For those who don’t, Wes Anderson is an American director and one of the most prominent filmmakers of our time, an individual with raw imagination and the genius to generate rare tapestries of film.

In 2014 Anderson will strike back again on the silver screen with another timeless film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. A drama-comedy, the film stars actors Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Adrian Brody and other actors who have previously worked alongside Anderson in past features.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is an adventure story: it tells of Gustave H (Ralph Finnes), an illustrious concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham), the naïve lobby boy who becomes his trusted friend. It’s a delightful tale about a stolen renaissance painting and the ongoing fight for an enormous family fortune. Meanwhile the hotel becomes the abode of an array of compelling characters.

Critics cannot get enough of the film.

Nico Hines from The Daily Beast said: “This might just be Wes Anderson’s best film; it’s certainly his most thrilling.”

Jessica Kiang from The Playlist: “a glorious, mischievous sequence of pictorialist plays taking place in a world so perfectly contained it might as well be in a snowglobe. This trademark fetishistic detail makes it feel like it was somehow loved into being …”

Emma Morgan from Total Film: ”Wes Anderson’s eighth feature has a heft beneath its icing, heart behind its artifice. Check in, and you won’t want to leave.”
 
The Grand Budapest Hotel runs for 1 hr. 40 minutes, and opens on April 10.
 

 
Official website: http://www.grandbudapesthotel.com/
 

Featured image: Ralph Fiennes as M. Gustave, Saoirse Ronan as Agatha and Tony Revolori as Zero in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Photo: Facebook

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