Wes Goes East

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

Since most of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is set in Eastern Europe between the two world wars, with that era’s turbulence represented by fascist troops closing and patrolling borders, one might conclude that the new movie is an atypical work for this filmmaker—a far cry from his usual apolitical stories about the whimsical friendships and neurotic families of upper-middle-class Amercians. But actually it’s just a case of plus...

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Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.