This five-star treat of a film stars an exquisitely funny Ralph Fiennes as the dapper concierge of a deluxe spa hotel.
The hotel occupies an imaginary corner of Central Europe between the wars and Fiennes presides over his domain with unflappable aplomb.
Then he and his lobby boy (Tony Revolori) are thrust into a perilous caper involving murder, art theft and a staggeringly large family fortune.
Writer-director Wes Anderson’s film pampers the viewer with its sumptuous visual delights, sparkling dialogue and absurdly enjoyable comic intrigue.
It also offers up an irresistible rogues’ gallery of familiar faces in supporting roles, including Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton and Bill Murray.