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“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Wes Anderson’s new movie

by Tanner Garren/Layout & Design

Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, and Tony Revolori in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. Image courtesy of Fox Searchlight

Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, and Tony Revolori in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Image courtesy of Fox Searchlight

Every year when films are released, some are left out of local movie theaters to make room for movies that attract larger audiences, such as next Fast and the Furious or the next fart joke filled animation. Other movies that some would consider too odd, boring or confusing are left to smaller theaters in larger cities and are therefore hard to find. While this is depressing news, the hunt could be for the better because one may just find a diamond in the rough. Out of the films that have appeared on the 2014 box office so far, one stands out among the movies that are released nationwide but can only be seen in wider communities.  Luckily, if driving is not a bother, this film can be found at the Art Theater in Champaign. Movie fanatics, make a road trip by going to see “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is the eighth film written, produced, and directed by Hollywood artist Wes Anderson. He is famous for movies such as “Rushmore,” “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” and his only worldwide release, “Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” stars Ralph Fiennes, who played Voldemort from the Harry Potter movie series, as the Grand Budapest’s concierge, named Gustave H., who provides a special type of “service” to aging female guests.  After one of the women he courts is murdered, she leaves Gustave with “Boy with Apple,” a valuable painting her son was expected to inherit. After Gustave is arrested for suspicion of the murder, Gustave’s faithful lobby boy Zero helps him escape. Both must try to clear Gustave’s name and keep clear from the police and an assassin played by Willem Dafoe, who was the Green Goblin in Spiderman.

Just like the other seven movies by Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is quirky, artistic, and gives a darker but enjoyable story than a typical, everyday comedy.


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