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The Grand Budapest Hotel looked like another classic from Wes Anderson. It had a great premise, an outstanding cast, and the quirky humor we expect from Mr. Anderson. Plus, the early months of the year are usually disappointing (and the past few months didn’t even have a handful of releases worth seeing in theaters). Having a film like this being released in March is a treat. While The Grand Budapest Hotel is the ridiculous flick we expected, its screenplay has some issues that bog down the movie quite a bit. Don’t let that keep you away from seeing the movie though, as this is a movie that absolutely deserves your attention.

When a man named Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes) is accused of murdering his lover (an 84-year-old woman), he takes his protégé, a lobby boy for The Grand Budapest Hotel named Zero (Tony Revolori), on an adventure to clear his name.

That simple straightforward story is filled with way too many characters. If you’ve seen a trailer for the movie, you know it’s jam-packed with celebrities. Unfortunately, practically each one is given a considerable amount of screen-time which makes the 100 minute movie feel too clustered. Either taking out some of those actors or making them more of the cameos they are would’ve been preferable for the movie.

Having all those characters just made the story kind of confusing. The movie gets too sidetracked at times extending the screen-time with these actors. Cutting that down and directing the attention back to Gustave and Zero would’ve made for a more enjoyable experience, especially since the real heart and soul of the movie is Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori.

Those two actors (along with the entire cast) are outstanding. Fiennes and Revolori have great chemistry and execute Wes Anderson’s great dialogue exquisitely. The rest of the cast also knocks it out of the park, especially Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, and Jeff Goldblum. A lot of the joy and fun of this movie comes from these performances.

A lot of that joy and fun also comes from the phenomenal cinematography. Robert Yeoman gives his best work here. As you can see from the trailer, this is a bizarre looking movie where you can tell that a lot of time and effort went into every frame. It’s absurd just how perfectly placed the camera is in every shot and it’s even more absurd how fun it is to watch. I can’t think of another movie where a huge amount of the enjoyment from the movie came from the camera shots. Major props to Robert Yeoman who I hope gets an Oscar nomination (or maybe even a win) for his excellent work here.

The movie is also very funny. The humor wasn’t as consistent as I would’ve liked it to be but I got some pretty good laughs from this movie. It takes an effort for me to laugh, but I was cracking up quite a few times in this movie. It’s not one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen (like I said, the humor wasn’t very consistent with a lot of “dry spells” in the film) but it’s certainly a funny  flick.

THE VERDICT

The wonderful performances, outstanding cinematography, and great humor make The Grand Budapest Hotel one of 2014’s most fun flicks. There’s too many characters with the movie getting sidetracked quite often, but that certainly doesn’t stop The Grand Budapest Hotel from being the delightfully ridiculous movie it is.

8 out of 10

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  1. BryanWeatherall

    March 22, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    This was well written Petey! I was looking at the cast on imdb at there does seem to be a lot of characters in there. It does look like a funny movie though, glad to know the jokes are good!

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Need For Speed Heat Australian release date Is November 8

The Need For Speed Heat Australian release date is November 8 2019. The game will be published by Electronic Arts and comes developed by Ghost Games. The game will be available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is a film which comes written and directed by Quentin Tarantino who some may know for films such as The Hateful Eight (2015) or Pulp Fiction (1994). The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning and Al Pacino. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is about a fading Hollywood actor and his stunt double who are striving to achieve success in the final years of the Hollywood golden age.

Before going into this film, I must admit I was quite excited about it. This is the 9th film from Quentin Tarantino, who is one of my favourite directors of all time and the cast is filled with so many great actors there’s no reason to not want to see this one. Even though my expectations for this film were set very high, I came out of the cinema incredibly happy, very entertained and extremely impressed with what I just saw. Quentin Tarantino has truly delivered something very special this year and I highly recommend going to see it.

The way the story is told is very interesting. The audience follows the career of Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is trying to maintain his stardom and Hollywood status in a time when things are changing. The actor is trying to transition from being a major TV star to a Hollywood actor, but it’s very difficult. On top of this, Rick Dalton is ageing and he is no longer in his prime, he’s sort of becoming obsolete. Cliff (Brad Pitt) is sharing a similar fate with his career tied to the success or failure of Rick’s. In contrast to these two, Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) is a character who is everything good about Hollywood in 1969, her personality is welcoming, she helps people and she’s friendly. Quentin Tarantino’s Sharon Tate is the ideal Hollywood star of the time.

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Going into this film. I was actually quite excited. I do enjoy these action films where there’s some creature out there and it’s preying on whatever character the film is about. This film is a little similar to The Meg, but it most reminded me of Anacondas (2004). All of these films and Crawl included wouldn’t be ones I’d say were legendary films, but gosh, I definitely have fun watching them!

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The main reason most people would go to see Crawl at the cinema would be for the action and that’s the same reason I wanted to go along and see this one. I wanted to see what the alligators could do and I wanted to see some people get eaten up. Did I get that? I certainly did! Did I need much more out of this? Probably not.

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