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Review: Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Is Delightful, Delicious and Delovely (CLIP)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 7, 2014 at 3:27PM

Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" world premiered at the Berlinale and hits theaters Friday, March 7. Here's Anne Thompson's review.
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Fiennes does his absolute best, but unfortunately Gustave eventually wears out his welcome. That's because as satisfying as the movie is in its first 50 minutes, this swiftly spinning top loses momentum in its second half, despite a few satisfying slapstick scenes and madcap chases, and slowly winds down to a halt. 

Anderson seems to be reveling in the past, as he is wont to do, and enjoying the myriad details of creating his version of it. His alter-ego Gustave is starring in his own fantasy world. But as Moustafa points out, "his world had vanished long before he entered it. But he sure sustained the illusion for a little while." Anderson's illusion is visually sublime--but the narrative he's constructed is wafer thin. 

Fox Searchlight's marketing materials, from a twinkling Christmas card to this new tumblr site, continue to delight. 

This article is related to: Berlin International Film Festival, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson, Wes Anderson, Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Reviews, Festivals

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.