DVD review: A witty, nostalgic trip to ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

By Sean P. Means

The Salt Lake Tribune

Published: June 17, 2014 09:09AM
Updated: June 15, 2014 04:55PM
The concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes, left) mentors the new lobby boy, Zero (Tony Revolori), in a scene from Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel." Courtesy Fox Searchlight Films

Grade • A-

DVD •In “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” director Wes Anderson creates a neverland of luxurious decadence — an Old World hotel spa in the snowy Alps, where the charismatic concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes) dotes on the clientele, especially if they’re elderly, female and in need of his bedroom skills.

But when a dowager (Tilda Swinton) dies, her family aims to cheat Gustave of an inheritance. The family accuses him of murder, setting the concierge and his protégé, the lobby boy Zero (Tony Revolori), on the lam.

Anderson casts many of his regulars (Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, etc.) for a witty comedy with a tinge of sadness as the story is deftly framed within the hotel’s postwar Iron Curtain squalor, creating a layer of nostalgia for a time that never really was.