The story is intricately weaved while being told from multiple perspectives. Recapturing love, escaping to freedom and remembering what could have been all set in the location of the title. The story, inspired by writings of Stefan Zweig, is also unique and clever. The attention to detail is evident throughout the film. Even the bakery Mendl’s is regal and revered for delicate cakes in pink and teal ribboned boxes.
The cast is absolute perfection. Taking actors who have their style of acting to bring it to this film is incredible. There are many actors to name: Adrien Brody, Saiorse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Wilkinson, as well as the usual suspects Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman. Ralph Fiennes, who plays Monsieur Gustave H, is such a delight in a multi-dimensional character. Tony Revolori, who plays Young Zero Mustafa, is attentive, humorous and engaging with Ralph’s character and is a standout.
This film is true to Wes Anderson’s genius as a filmmaker. The film is also funny, sexy and violent, surprising in bits throughout the film to help the story move.