The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century.

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" is a 2014 comedy-drama movie directed by Wes Anderson. The movie includes a star-studded cast including Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, and Willem Dafoe, to name a few. The film, known for its unique visual aesthetics and wacky humor, is a gorgeous mix of secret, humor, and drama, set in a fictitious Eastern European nation.

The movie is mostly set in the 1930s, in the opulent Grand Budapest Hotel of the imaginary Republic of Zubrowka. The narrative is dotted with lavish landscapes and sensational architecture, quality of Anderson's design, and set versus the backdrop of a brewing war and political instability.

The plot is somewhat complicated, with a story within a story format. It begins in today day as a woman checks out a book titled 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' written by 'the author' (Tom Wilkinson). The author explains his 1968 stay at the hotel, where he (Jude Law) meets the owner Zero Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham). Zero tells his life's story to the author, taking the audience back to the 1930s when he started as a lobby boy under the hotel's charismatic concierge, Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes).

Gustave H is the main character, charming and devoted to his work and his rich, elderly customers. He gets knotted in a scandal following the mystical death of one such customer, Madame D (Tilda Swinton), who bestows him a valuable painting titled 'Boy with Apple'. Her destructive kid Dmitri (Adrien Brody) and a grim-faced hit man, Jopling (Willem Dafoe), plot to recuperate this painting and frame Gustave for Madame D's murder. While Gustave and Zero try to proof Gustave's innocence, the situation further intensifies with a daring jailbreak, a dramatic chase on snowy mountaintops, a concealed will, and loyalty tests.

Design & Themes
The film embodies Anderson's remarkable narrative design, colorful visuals, symmetrical framing, and meticulous attention to information. The film is instilled with dry wit, slapstick humor, and moments of wacky romance in between Zero and a baker lady, Agatha (Saoirse Ronan). Along with the comical aspects, it deals with darker styles of war, greed, and changing times.

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" is a clever, eccentric, and visually stunning photo, layered with funny, suspense, and underlying socio-political issues. Anderson's vision comes to life in this multi-faceted story, where the grandeur of the hotel metaphorically represents the rough times of the 20th Century Europe it is nestled in. It is a motion picture that captures your attention with its wit and bewitching visuals, and then makes you consider with its subtle commentary on more profound concerns.

Awards & Recognition
Upon release, the motion picture received widespread critical acclaim and garnered a significant fan base. It also bagged numerous awards, including four Academy Awards for Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, and Best Original Score. It was likewise nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography, making it a must-watch piece of cinema.

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