“Did he just throw my cat out of the window?!”- Jeff Goldblum as Deputy Kovacs in The Grand Budapest Hotel
I really should update this blog a lot more than I do, someday I might, someday, I might even have my own column in a reputable publication, provided that print journalism exists long enough. For now, this is the medium in which I can reach you to dive a little deeper into my thoughts about really everything, I’ve written primarily reviews, but I could produce a piece about the state of higher education in America, and probably will at some point.
This is going to be another review, another positive review, this is primarily because Wes Anderson is one of my favorite directors, and in my mind, he does not produce films that are poor in quality, he is a visionary auteur who makes the type of films he wahts to make for the specific audience he intends to make them for. It just so happens that over the years, from Rushmore to Moonrise Kingdom, a growing list of A-listers have jumped on board to be a part of the ride. The Grand Budapest Hotel is no different really, and if you’ve ever seen a Wes Anderson film, you somewhat know what to expect. You will experience every emotion as his films combine the perfect mix of comedy, tragedy, eccentricity, absurdity, failure, and triumph, all placed neatly into one complete package.
This film has actually been out for a while in New York and LA, but apprently since the rest of America doesn’t appreciate art as much as those two cities, and because Orlando is much smaller market, the film just saw wide release. Here’s the trailer for the film, see what you think, and we’ll reconvene in a moment or two… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Fg5iWmQjwk
Okay, so that should give you some sense of what to expect when you go to the cinema to see this movie. Let’s start with the actors, they are all fantastic, lead by the always brilliant RaIph Fiennes, whose work has always been marvelous over the years but he truly shines on a new level here as the flamboyant and philanthropic Mr. Gustave. The rest of the cast includes a list too long to list but Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Jude Law, and F. Murray Abraham (who is even more fabulous in this than he is on Homeland).
At it’s core the film is a comedy laced with tragedy, suspense, murder, priceless art, and Willem Dafoe. I’m trying to come up with a good way to summarize this film, I really am, but it’s Wes Anderson, and if you know of his work, you really just have to see it for yourself. The acting is incredible, the visuals are sublime, the conclusion is satisfying, and this is probably one of the worst blogs I’ve ever written, but that’s what happens when you leave the keyboard for 3 months, these things happen.
If you see one movie this weekend, see Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but if you see two, check this out as well and experience a film that will make you feel joyful, somber, contemplative, excited, perplexed, whimsical, and threatened, all at once. This movie won’t be for everyone, but I think it will be for you.