What a great and smart and fun movie: The Grand Budapest Hotel, showing at the Esquire Theatre here in Cincinnati.
It speeds by at pretty break-neck pace, almost like the old silent Keystone Cops movies. Then stops for a few minutes of dialogue, and races on again. Much is made of glances back and forth between Monsieur Gustave and the quick and eager Lobby Boy. The stealing, and then concealing and then recovering of the picture are almost like little cameos popping up at random. Then there’s the balcony scene. Plus the grandeur, plus the staff.
It’s taking time and focus right now to put it all back together again. You will, however, enjoy it, whether or not it ever all comes back together.