The film follows the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his more trusted friend. The film is a whole lot of fun and after its setting up of the story and its characters in the first act it turns into a hilariously brilliant adventure/heist/mystery film that runs at full speed without ever slowing down.
Ralph Fiennes plays Gustave H the flamboyant concierge. The casting of Fiennes is perfect and he really holds the film together, I can't imagine anyone else playing the character as brilliantly as he did, he is hilariously funny and over the top but with side to him that makes you care for him as much as his lobby boy does, also played brilliantly by Tony Revolori for the majority of the film. The pair together are a great comedy duo and really make this film something special whilst bringing a new take on the bromance that many films are trying to achieve these days. Supporting the pair are a bunch of the usual Anderson regulars as well a few new fresh faces.
The film looks great and with a lot of it being shot in real locations, with some of them looking too good to be true! I wanted to visit many of the locations shot at as they just looked like something you would find on a post card. Andersons use of practical effects still remain and really bring that arty creative feel to the film as well as his new unique take on the setting of time as the three time periods in the film are filmed in three different aspect ratios.
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