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Beware the Zig Zags
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Beware the Zig Zags

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The Grand Budapest Hotel was written and directed by Wes Anderson; and stars Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson and Owen Wilson. Rated R.

For once, I'll allow Anderson his fripperies. With Gustave, he's made us sympathizers in his own fight for beautiful trifles, as though he sees his films as the frontline in the battle against crass, cash-in blockbusters. As with his doomed dandy, Anderson wants to resurrect the high-toned Hollywood filmmaking that perhaps never even existed. As Moustafa smiles, thinking of Gustave, at worst, people can say that these two nostalgists "sustained the illusion with a marvelous grace."

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