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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Report Card---"The Grand Hotel Budapest"

"The Grand Hotel Budapest" is, in fact, grand.
It is, to quote Forrest Gump, a box of chocolates.
A box of Godiva Chocolates.
This isn't Hershey's, or Nestles.
This is a very fancy movie.
It is a lovely gift for the audience.
It is simply this delightful chunk of whimsy.
If you're looking for more than that, go someplace else.
Accept it on it's own terms, and fall in love with it.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Always. Mainly because you are dazzled by the look of it.

Compelling even?

It's really not designed to be taken that seriously.
No Grade.

Is it controversial?

It is a glorious soufflé. No room for controversy.
No Grade.

Is it a story worth telling?


Is it good storytelling?


Is it well written?


Is it well cast? Well played?

There are a lot of big names doing virtual cameos. That only adds to the fun. And WILLEM DAFOE is in this one too!

Well shot?

That's where this really shines. Wes Anderson is an utter master of using the camera to tell visual jokes, much like John Hughes used to. And even better, to paint stunning pictures with it.

Is it too long? Too short?

Just right.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Believable enough. And I cared totally.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Slightly predictable, but it never mattered.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Only about how so many inferior directors are given so much more credit than Wes Anderson, who is, unlike the others, a true visionary.

Is it funny?


Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Yes. And don't watch it on a little screen.

Is it impressive?

Visually, unsurpassed.

Overall grade: A+.

I'm glad to see that there is at least some room at the Oscars for a soufflé.


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  1. I had read glowing reviews early last year, then watched the movie on a tiny screen during a flight to Vancouver... So I can't really speak for the visuals, but I loved the witty dialogue and meandering plot lines. A wonderful mish-mash of 30s screwball comedy and Jeunet-Caro sensibility.

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