Jack Goes Confidential: Like A Fine Wine—‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

grand_budapest_hotel_0Seems like every year a certain little film comes along that’s being carefully nurtured by its distributor and eventually turns into a hit—right along with the major studio releases…

A good example would be last year’s THE WAY, WAY BACK.

This year’s candidate is the charming and melancholy melodrama interestingly titled THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL.

The film opened in limited runs on both coasts a couple of weeks ago.

Runs were expanded last week and the reception the film has received to date has been magnificent.

Translation: great reviews from the critics and some of the biggest ticket sales for an independently produced motion picture in ages.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL was written, co-produced and directed by current cult filmmaker Wes Anderson. And just in case you can’t immediately place him, here’s a refresher of his filmography:


Now Anderson serves up a idiosyncratic comedic adventure set in a once famous eastern European hotel during the period between wars.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts its legendary concierge Gustave H.’s unusual behavior and happenings throughout the hotel, its bedrooms, the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and his most trusted associate, the lobby boy.

Grand-Budapest-HotelGustave H. is played to perfection by Ralph Fiennes.

It’s all set against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing continent.

The movie is definitely not for everyone. It’s humorous, heartfelt and deliciously satisfying cinema for adult moviegoers. You know who you are….

For his latest outing Anderson has landed a supporting cast that read like a who’s who.

Including, F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Willem DaFoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, an almost unrecognizeable Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkerson, Owen Wilson and Ralph Fiennes as hotel scoundrel Gustave H.

grand-budapest_2813768bMe? I had a smile on my face throughout the film’s entire 100 minute running time.

It ‘platforms’ into Kansas City today as a limited three theater engagement and will most likely expand to additional theaters in coming weeks.

A trip back to a golden age of a bygone era with Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL where fascism meets communism while you’ll be captivated by the humerous goings on of this grand caper.

This one reaches BEYOND Anderson’s fan base and scores a solid A-.


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5 Responses to Jack Goes Confidential: Like A Fine Wine—‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

  1. the dude says:

    I have been looking forward to this one for a little while.
    I am sure it will not disappoint.

  2. jon says:

    I live up north. sure wish the movie was playing closer to my neck of the woods. But I can wait for the additional theaters you talk about.

  3. rod says:

    I never miss a Wes Anderson film. Wonder why it didn’t open in a college market like Lawrence?

  4. Shawnster says:

    Saw it today, and it was terrific. The acting was first rate and the set pieces were fantastic. Easily my favorite movie of the year so far. Ralph Fiennes was charming, funny, and profane at the same time. It was worth the drive and money, don’t miss it.

  5. jack p. says:

    The Kansas City debut of “GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL” was terrific this weekend in its limited three theatre engagement.
    Fox Searchlight Pictures is additing ADDITIONAL theatres in our markets this COMING weekend!

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