Here’s to Wes Anderson for his unique style and direction of GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL!  In two words:  amusingly bizarre.

The sets are interesting to look at — so heavily decorated, but not cluttered — or else totally devoid, such as a snowy field across the entire screen, save for a telephone booth — or as happened twice, a military unit looking to find Ralph Fiennes for crimes against humanity.

The story – hilarious and goofy but easy to follow… F. Murray Abraham is the old version of the lobby boy (ZERO) who tells the story of how he became the owner of the Grand Budapest Hotel..Ralph Fiennes, (as M. Gustave – the concierge for the hotel and the trainer of the young Zero) is accused of murdering Madame D, is imprisoned, escapes, and with the assistance of young Zero (played by Tony Revolori) manages to get back to the hotel…. a subplot is Zero’s love affair with the baker lady Agatha, and the execution of Madame D’s will by executor Jeff Goldblum

The acting is so very stylized – such strange behaviors – no blinking at all, some unusual emotions – and fun performances by Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Jeff Goldblum – and incidental short roles for Bill Murray, Harvey Keitel, and others —  if you pay attention there are several other ‘name’ actors that jump out at you — the best maybe being Willam Dafoe… I’ll say no more about that.

Makeup and costumes are a cross between the period piece that of the movie (which is the 1930s in Europe) and some odd warped version (if that is at all possible) of a Tim Burton movie.  Our first introduction to this kind of practice was the first appearance of Madame D (Tilda Swinton) with her pale makeup, wide lipstick, and hair as tall as — well, up to there.

This is not a family show … a few F bombs are uttered, and there are a few visual things that you wouldn’t want junior to see – just a heads up here for you.

Let me say Wilma and I thoroughly enjoyed this production.

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