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FILM REVIEW: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (15)

Watching a Wes Anderson film is like flicking through the pages of a bright and beautifully illustrated storybook.

The Director has brought his unique signature style to the big screen for the eighth time with The Grand Budapest Hotel – which opened the Berlin Film Festival with rave reviews.

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Set in the 1930’s, the story focuses on a hotel concierge, M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), and a lobby boy named Zero (Tony Revolori). Gustave becomes the centre of suspicion when one of the venue’s oldest and richest patrons dies and leaves him a priceless work of art.

What soon follows are a series of humorous (and often dark) shenanigans including a prison break, shootouts, and a ridiculously brilliant ski chase.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is everything you’d expect from a Wes Anderson film. A handful of Anderson regulars make appearances, including Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jude Law, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe and Jeff Goldblum. Like the Director’s past films, it’s quirky, wonderfully imaginative and gorgeous to look at. Fans of the filmmaker should check in to the hotel as soon as possible – you won’t be disappointed.

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It’s not perfect though.

What stops this movie from being a modern classic is how the film moves at a snail’s pace towards the middle. It picks up again, but for about 30 minutes I was clock-watching. Some people may also be put off by the movie’s unique and arty style. I’m a big fan of it but it’s not going to be for everybody; therefore I suggest checking out the trailer below to see what you think before spending your hard earned cash on a cinema ticket.

See The Grand Budapest Hotel (and much more) now at Showcase, Peterborough. For show times visit www.showcasecinemas.co.uk and follow them on Twitter.

Mikey Clarke

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