The Grand Budapest Hotel, 2014

I believe I have mentioned C’s love of Wes Anderson films. After my success with Moonrise Kingdom, I was excited to give his newest, The Grand Budapest Hotel, a shot.

The characters here are the big winners. Funny, strange, and absolutely “on”, they all played in a larger-than-life sort of way that was charming and fun.

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Second big winner, the amazing look of the film. I don’t know the technical term for this (does it fall under cinematography?) but you could get lost in the details in these sets. They are so rich and striking.

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There were some strange moments for me in this one, and a little more violence than I had been expecting (content warning: non-explicit animal violence played for laughs), and gratuitous nudity that makes me a little annoyed. (Honestly, why is it always naked women? Can we just spread the objectification out a little and throw in some naked men once in a while? I mean, I know it’s too much to ask that we not include gratuitous nudity just because some people think it’s funny and that adults won’t see a movie without it because then it’s a “kids” movie. Even though a pornographic painting of two women is not only unnecessary for the plot, but frankly, distracting from it. And that’s not even touching on the issues I have with sexualizing lesbians for the pleasure of male gaze. Let’s not even go there, friends. But seriously, I’m not asking for a miracle. Just some penises to go along with all the breasts and vaginas. Ok? Movie makers? Even up the playing field.)  Ahem. Where was I? Oh, right. And although the plot (such as plots go in Wes Anderson movies) seemed to drag a bit in the middle, overall I enjoyed this movie.

K’s rating of The Grand Budapest Hotel: 6/10 mangoes

C’s rating of The Grand Budapest Hotel: 7.5/10 mangoes

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