The Grand Budapest Hotel
Writer/director Wes Anderson's filmic worlds and his peculiarly funny, rhythmic dialogue are willfully artificial. This has led detractors to peg him as fake, spoiled, cutesy, precious, and quirky, as if nothing other than realism will do. But as his eighth film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, attests, he is undoubtedly talented. The new movie is so good, has just the right combination of elements in all the right places, that perhaps even the detractors will be convinced. The movie tells the story, through the clever use of flashbacks within flashbacks, of M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) a famous, adored and respected concierge working at the title hotel after the First World War. The thrust of the plot begins when one of his elderly guests, Madame D. (Tilda Swinton) -- for whom he has performed certain in-room favors -- dies and leaves him the priceless painting known as "Boy with Apple."