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The Grand Budapest Hotel (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
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Congruent with the cinematography, the convoluted plot and one-dimensional characters are worthy of comic book stuff. The conclusion to the movie is somewhat abrupt, almost as if the writers has run out of inspiration … or the producers of money.
The cast of numerous actors (and surprisingly few actresses) is impressive but most have very small parts. The choice of actors itself is debatable in many cases. For instance, it is hard to fathom what could justify the total lack of physical or moral similarity between the young Zero Mustapha and the older played by F. Murray Abraham, who in any case is much too old for a character who should be about 50 years of age. Also, Ralph Fiennes strangely acts in the style of Johnny Depp, who apparently was initially considered for the role.
Overall, this diverting movie should be seen as just that and nothing more.
To describe the plot would be both difficult and pointless. Wes Anderson is an acquired taste and fans are likely to love everything he releases. The Grand Budapest Hotel certainly has the same tongue-in-cheek tone of his previous films, and the similarities don't end there. Neil Young once said that his output was all one song, and Anderson's feels like all one film.
The story is beautifully framed, with an old man recollecting his past to an interested writer. The images are typical Anderson, with the usual explosion of colors and storybook settings. This feeling is heightened by the use of title cards to denote the chapters and the familiar style of music used in previous efforts. The story takes place in three different time periods, but we spend most of our time in 1932. All of the scenes from the past are shown in full screen, while the main narration sequences are in widescreen.
All I will say about the plot is that is focuses on hotel employees M. Gustave (Fiennes) and Zero Moustafa (Revolori). Gustave dates old women and one of them leaves him a valuable painting in her will. Her family are rather annoyed, and hire someone to retrieve the painting. The story is incredibly detailed and vast, despite only running for 100 minutes. There are frequent moments of witty humor, farce, irony and visual gags. Most of Anderson's regulars appear in the film at some point, and it's a tribute to him that such talents are willing to show up for such limited screen time.Read more ›
Lots of people will enjoy and appreciate this movie. I just know it.
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I'm slowly getting into Wes Anderson's films. But have to say this is his BEST to date! It's a 'buddy pic', fast paced humor, impeccably acted by all, and vivid sets and scenery... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Johnny Rocker