The Grand Budapest Hotel: Cameos Galore!

Hello everybody, Today for our New Movie Show we have The Grand Budapest Hotel.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

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DIRECTED BY: Wes Anderson

STARRING: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Léa Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tony Revolori

GENRE: Comedy

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: Germany, United Kingdom

A teenage girl visits the monument of the writer who penned the book, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. In 1968, that author was inspired to write the book when he visited that hotel, located in the European mountainous country formerly known as Zubrowka. Once a luxurious hotel, it, in 1968, has fallen on hard times. The author meets the then current owner, M. Zero Moustafa, who recounts the story of how he became the hotel’s owner and why he holds onto it and keeps it open despite it obviously making him no money. Zero’s story begins in 1932, when the hotel was in its golden era. Zero was the novice immigrant lobby boy, who, like all the other hotel staff, was under the guidance of M. Gustave H., the devoted concierge. Gustave aimed to please, he giving the guests whatever they wanted, especially the wealthy blonde women. The story largely revolves around one of those women, the wealthy Madame Céline Villeneuve Desgoffe-und-Taxis – better known as Mme. D. – her opportunistic son Dimitri, the bequeathing of a valuable painting called “Boy with Apple” to Gustave, the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death which is initially pinned on Gustave, and the attempts of Zero, his girlfriend – a baker’s assistant named Agatha – and others to clear Gustave’s name while Dimitri does whatever he needs to get what he believes is rightfully his, namely the painting.

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 The Grand Budapest Hotel came to me well praised, even though I actually had no idea what it was about or even what kind of film it was. To my surprise it is a hilarious comedy film filled to the brim with cameos from hilariously great actors. I do have to give Adrien Brody a real shout out as I normally will not see any film that he is in. Although he actually makes quite an awesome villain. Add Willem Dafoe to the mix and they are an easily stoppable but a hilarious pair of antagonists.

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 I do have to point out that I did not find much wrong with The Grand Budapest Hotel. The film is a comedic masterpiece with an ensemble cast for the ages. If I had to gripe, which I guess I have to, it would have to be how little they touch on the The Author and Zero in later years. I know they used it as a framing tool but still.

PROS:

  • Ensemble cast.
  • Main cast performance s.
  • Dialogue.
  • Hilarious.

CONS:

  • Framing Tool.

SCORE: 9 / 10

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In Bruges: Most Boring City in Belgium

Hello everybody! For today’s movie club we have the hilariously stupid assassin comedy In Bruges.

IN BRUGES

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DIRECTOR:Martin McDonagh

STARRING:Colin Farrell,Brendan Gleeson,Ralph Fiennes,Clémence Poésy,Jérémie Renier

GENRE:Crime, Comedy

YEAR:2008

COUNTRY:United States, United Kingdom

London based hit men Ray and Ken are told by their boss Harry Waters to lie low in Bruges, Belgium for up to two weeks following their latest hit, which resulted in the death of an innocent bystander. Harry will be in touch with further instructions. While they wait for Harry’s call, Ken, following Harry’s advice, takes in the sights of the medieval city with great appreciation. But the charms of Bruges are lost on the simpler Ray, who is already despondent over the innocent death, especially as it was his first job. Things change for Ray when he meets Chloe, part of a film crew shooting a movie starring an American dwarf named Jimmy. When Harry’s instructions arrive, Ken, for whom the job is directed, isn’t sure if he can carry out the new job, especially as he has gained a new appreciation of life from his stay in the fairytale Bruges. While Ken waits for the inevitable arrival into Bruges of an angry Harry, who feels he must clean up matters on his own, Ray is dealing with his own …

Film Title: In Bruges

The rest of the movie is just a Magical Mystery Tour of outrageous characters, scintillating and blistering put-downs and one-liners, and cinematic joy. This movie is damn near perfect in the way the characters, dialogue, scenes and characters are looped back to connect again with wonderful results. At any moment I expected to see Jules and Vincent strolling down the street talking about La Royale with Cheese, this movie is just that good. Everyone ends up back in Bruges somehow…everyone. The plot is straightforward and practically irrelevant, this film is all about the outrageous characters and the duets of Cockneyed dialogue that are presented for your entertainment. The performances by Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell were Oscar material, and Fiennes was simply terrifying.

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There are some moments within the movie that seem to feel out-of-place. Although this isn’t a plot issue, it seems to be more of a tonal problem. The tone of the story changes from the beginning, but every once in a while the writing seems to forget that and revert. This made some scenes feel a bit awkward. Still, this was a really great story that goes from intense to hilarious to thrilling to romantic and back again.

PROS:

  • Hilarious characters.
  • Dialogue.
  • Scenes and plot.

CONS:

  • Tone.
  • Awkward scenes.

SCORE: 8.0 / 10

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