We found such joy in Wes Anderson’s latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel. And now that it is out on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download, there’s no excuse for the entire world to not check into the magic!
As teased in The Grand Budapest Hotel trailer, the story follows the famed (and fictional) hotel in a fictional European country. It is run by the world’s best concierge, who goes by the name of Gustave H (a sublime Ralph Fiennes). He takes under his charge a bellhop named Zero (Toni Revolori, and F. Murray Abraham in later life) and the two forge a friendship that goes beyond mentorship.
Gustave H knows how to service his clientele, and sometimes for the older (and wealthy) lady guests of the Grand Budapest Hotel, that includes attending to their female needs. That becomes a problem when one of the grand dames (an unrecognizable Tilda Swinton) dies and leaves her estate to Gustave. Her family will not have it (especially Adrien Brody and his henchman Willem Dafoe).
So, Gustave H is set up for murder and that is truly when the brilliant mayhem begins.
Anderson has his usual super cast of characters and a few newbies along for this fantastical ride. From Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, Edward Norton and Jason Schwartzman to Owen Wilson, they up the ante in Anderson’s latest to reflect the strength of this astounding story. And making their first appearance in an Anderson film is a series of performers who put in their career best work, including Saoirse Ronan and yes, Fiennes.
The look of Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is nothing short of a miracle. For the entirety of the movie, the viewer feels like you are there, and it is astounding -- as we stated in our theatrical The Grand Budapest Hotel review.
Bonus features on The Grand Budapest Hotel DVD and Blu-Ray are equally as compelling.
As it is a huge part of the narrative, we have to start with the bonus feature entitled The Society of the Crossed Keys. Who knew that concierges across the world have a secret society and each comes to the other’s need when help is required? It’s both fascinating and hilarious.
The featurette Bill Murray Tours the Town is a must-see for Murray fans and is shot in both the Anderson style and delivered with the classic Murray delivery.
But the piece de resistance in terms of bonus features on The Grand Budapest Hotel is so good, it’s told in four parts and that is The Making of The Grand Budapest Hotel. We particularly loved the last two, Creating The Hotel and Creating A World. We have always been intrigued by the look of Anderson’s films and these two featurettes take us inside that creative process as no other looks have in the past.
It is mesmerizing. And that is hardly a surprise -- so is the entire film and the home video package.
We cannot recommend enough you sit down and watch The Grand Budapest Hotel online right now.