Ralph Fiennes steals the show in this witty, pretty caper from infamously quirky indie director Wes Anderson, who gave us Moonrise Kingdom and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.
Fiennes plays M. Gustave, a concierge at the titular hotel in the 1930s, in a magical, fictional Alpine town that can only resist the oncoming war for so long.
After inheriting a valuable painting from one of his many wealthy lovers (Tilda Swinton), Gustave makes an enemy of her family and winds up in prison accused of her murder.
The plot may sound a bit dark but the tone is chirpy and comical, centered around a terrific performance from Fiennes as the fragrant hotelier who keeps a bottle of L’Air de Panache on hand for every occasion.
Newcomer Tony Revolori is delightful as his super-keen lobby boy Zero, who faithfully accompanies his boss on eventful train journeys and various other madcap adventures.
The rest of the cast is wall-to-wall starry as regular Anderson collaborators Bill Murray and Owen Wilson pop in, while key parts are played by Jeff Goldblum, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Paul Schlase and many more.
There is no charge for this event. Popcorn, snacks and beverages will be provided.