STAMFORD, Conn. -- Currently playing at Stamford’s Avon Theater is the wonderful film "The Grand Budapest Hotel," the latest engagingly brilliant outing by Wes Anderson.
The film recounts the adventures of Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy (Tony Revolori) who becomes his most trusted friend.
The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing continent.
As the film starts, we are actually coming in at the end of the story as a writer, (Jude Law), discovers that the remote, mountainside hotel has fallen on hard times. While there he makes the acquaintance of a much older Zero (F. Murray Abraham), who relates to the writer the story of the hotel.
What follows is an amazingly orchestrated and thoroughly syncopated film of the actions of Gustave, and his lobby boy, Zero, as they navigate through a complex and convoluted plot revolving around an aged patron's dying and leaving Gustave a priceless painting in her will, which angers her son, Dmitri (Adrien Brody). Unwilling to allow himself to be deprived of the painting, Gustave, and Zero steal it.
The Avon Theater is located at 272 Bedford St., Stamford.
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" (1 hour, 40 minutes) is rated “R” and runs through May 3. It stars Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Jude Law and is directed by Wes Anderson.
Norwalk resident Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews through his website.