The film starts in the 1960s dilapidated Grand Budapest Hotel where the owner and former lobby boy describes the hotel’s heyday in the 1930s centred on his mentor, concierge Gustave (played by Ralph Fiennes). All the 1930s scenes look like a stage set, brightly covered in pink and purple colours. The dialogue is witty and the pace very fast centred on the story of the disputed inheritance of a work of art left by a wealthy patron of the hotel. A lot of celebrity actors (such as Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jeff Goldblum, to name a few) take on cameo roles and are for the most part quite unrecognisable.
I did have one problem with this film, despite its originality I just didn’t find it funny. 3 stars(just).