Writer-director Rick Famuyiwa (The Wood) gives us three unique, eccentric, fresh adolescent characters who don’t feel like the usual teen-movie archetypes (...). The ’90s are a recurring touchstone here, with our heroes Malcolm (Shameik Moore), Diggy (Kiersey Clemons, Transparent) and Jib (Tony Revolori, The Grand Budapest Hotel) obsessed over the decade and its music and its fashions, from their stack of “Yo! MTV Raps” VHS cassettes to the top of Malcolm’s Kid n Play hairdo.
The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune - all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.