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Friday, March 21, 2014

Every year I get caught up in the buzz of a film or two, sometimes even three, and as I walk out of the theatre I wonder if I saw the same film the buzzers did. After seeing “The Grand Budapest Hotel” I came home and read about a dozen reviews as I prefer reading reviews after I have seen a film, and I will admit up front I am certainly in the minority regarding Wes Anderson‘s latest picture.

The sets, costumes, production values covering 36-40 years, from the 1930s to the 1960s are all first class and I fell in love with the funicular going up the mountain. Anderson directs at the right pace for a farce but in the screenplay, with Hugo Guinness, he tries to cover too many different aspects of a world in change.

Ralph Fiennes is the center of the picture in a different role than he usually takes and he becomes the character making the film a little easier to follow. He is surrounded by many professional actors such as an almost unrecognizable Jude Law along with a very aged, with makeup, Tilda Swinton plus F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson and Bill Murray just to name a few and newcomers Tony Revolori and Saoirse Ronan playing pivotal roles but this is Fiennes’s film.

Though I won’t recommend this film I have to tell you Allen liked it and I did hear a couple of laughs from other audience members.
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  • PDQ1203
    (i'll see it as i like Ralph Fiennes as an actor)
    1338 days ago
    Hmmmm. I also have heard so much buzz about this film that I was considering taking the 40 minute drive to see it. Now, I'm thinking I'll save my gas money and time. (40 minute drive each way, plus the time of the movie, basically takes 1/2 the day)

    Thanks for sharing.
    1339 days ago
    Interesting....I will for it on Netflix
    1339 days ago
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