This Week In Home Entertainment: LEGO Movie, Grand Budapest Hotel And House Of Cards
The Grand Budapest Hotel Blu-rayWes Anderson movies are often thoughtful, witty and educated. They are stylized in a specific and strange manner and filled with uncanny and amusing dialogue. Adjectives used to describe these films often include whimsical, magical and quirky. Andersonís latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel offers each of these lovely looks, laughs and feelings but adds in a deeper sense of loss and nostalgia to boot.
It may take a little while to fully check into The Grand Budapest Hotel. The film is cut haphazardly, jumping from a girl reading a book in an unknown time period to a narrator telling the story of another manís story. This story within a story within a story might throw anyone off, but once we peel back the layers and really engage in the tale of a young immigrant and his hotel concierge boss, the movie grows into an enjoyable and strange endeavor with a few notes of sadness found within.
At the heart of the story is a murder. The story goes like this: An older woman who is a patron of the famed Grand Budapest Hotel suffers a quick and mysterious death. She leaves behind oodles of money, all of which her family members hope to inherit. Instead, she leaves a valuable painting to her favorite concierge Monsier Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), who travels with a lobby boy named Zero (Tony Revolori) to pick up his precious prize. While The Grand Budapest Hotel is an adventure story, it is more of a comedy than a traditional whodunit and thatís where Andersonís signature wacky antics and sight gags kick in.
The cut of the film is somewhat jumpy, but the thoughtful portrayals of Zero and M.Gustave more than make up for those small errors. Additionally, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainmentís set looks lovely on Blu-ray, even making the ugly Pepto Bismal pink of the Grand Budapest palatable. Andersonís unique style and tone may no longer surprise the most ardent of fans, but he certainly hasnít lost his touch with The Grand Budapest Hotel.
You can order The Grand Budapest Hotel over at Amazon.
Best Special Feature: The best featurette is "Bill Murray Tours The Town" because every excuse to let Bill Murray wander around in a foreign country and act weird is worthwhile, especially when thereís talk of moustaches, sneaking over the border and small town landmarks.
Other Bonus Features:
" "Kunstmuseum Zubrowska Lecture
"The Society Of The Crossed Keys"
"The Making Of The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Mendlís Secret Recipe
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