The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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I was bored the other night and this film was literally the first thing to pop up on Netflix. So I thought I’d give it a try although I was pretty sure I would not like it. I have never seen any of Wes Anderson’s films. His films look pretentious and weird and … I still feel the same way after seeing The Grand Budapest Hotel. But, I did like the movie more than I thought I would.
The most enjoyable aspect of the movie for me was all the cameos from great character actors. Each time I saw someone new I got a thrill. Tom Wilkinson! Jude Law!
Jude Law was great in his brief role. But I absolutely hated the way he narrated some of his scenes with “he said,” “then I said,” It just pissed me off. I’m watching a movie, not listening to someone read out a book.
The humor in this movie is just too weird for me. Most of the time I didn’t even giggle (and I usually laugh at everything). Although there was one moment I absolutely loved.

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Oh God I laughed and laughed. So funny.

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I also thought Adrien Brody was great, he is such a talented actor who isn’t in nearly enough movies. Vampire Alien Queen Tilda Swinton was also great in her brief role.
I don’t understand why everyone else seems to think this movie is so great. The humor mixed with such violence and darkness…it really put me off. There are some fine performances from the actors, but The Grand Budapest Hotel is too bizarre for me to really enjoy. 6/10.

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3 thoughts on “The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

  1. I love Wes Anderson and “bizarre” is a pretty accurate description. Interestingly I was very mixed on it when it hit theaters. I recently rewatched it and my reaction was much more positive. Anderson’s films sometimes have that effect.

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  2. I really enjoyed this but I can totally see why some wouldn’t. Many have claimed it to be Anderson’s best and I wouldn’t even go that far either. A fine, honest review.

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