There are so many great photos from the this film, so many quotes as well. I also just wanted to say that all the photos I post on Wednesdays from films should all be on my Pinterest board Blogging (here), I do try and include the link to all the photos I use in my blog, but if the link isn’t included please try and look my Pinterest board because the link may not have been included in the original. :)
Wes Anderson is a celebrated director. He has made some of the most unique films, and has quite a cult following. His last few outings however have been appreciated by a wider audience. No more so than The Grand Budapest Hotel. I’ve not been able to nail down exactly what it is that makes this film more appealing to the majority, rather than just his usual fans. Possibly an outstanding performance by Ralph Fiennes? The beauty of the hotel itself? The actual plot? Who knows, but all I do know is that I love this film, and so do a lot of people.
Ok so it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but rarely is there a film that everyone loves.
The film, starring a whole host of big Hollywood players, mostly focuses on Fiennes’ character M. Gustave a concierge at the famous Grand Budapest Hotel. Gustave has to train the new lobby boy Zero Moustafa, played brilliantly by newcomer Tony Revolori. Their adventure begins when one of Gustave’s favourite guests is killed and she gifts him a famous painting. I don’t really want to go into much more detail than that, because this is a really big and bold story that needs to watched on screen, not read.
As I have mentioned earlier on in the week, Wes Anderson is a very detail oriented director. Jason Schwartzman once said that he found a packet of cigarettes in a drawer that wasn’t even required for the film. The set design on this film is sublime, I think it’s the pastel colours that really draw you in. They aren’t too harsh on the eyes and they compliment each other well. Especially the Mendl’s bakery, the packaging and the actual pastries themselves are flawlessly designed and presented.
The script is witty and sharp, with some seriously funny moments, with dramatic turns too. But there really is no other way to describe this film other than an adventure. I’m just going to add a couple of quotes in here to provide you with a sense how great it is, in case you’re still on the fence about this film.
If you love everything that Wes Anderson has ever done, or if you’ve never seen any film he’s done, it doesn’t matter. This film stands alone in many ways. It’s the only film to have ever won him an Oscar, in fact it won him 4. I think it’s a very cinematic film, it helps that it was filmed in specific aspect ratios for each timeline. I personally am very glad I saw it in a cinema, an old cinema at that. It’s a film that belongs on the big screen, being that visually stunning, it deserves as many pixels as it can get. This is a hugely enjoyable film, it has everything: Ralph Fiennes, baked goods, visually striking scenery, comedy, drama, a chase scene, Tilda Swinton as an old woman, Bill Murray, a shoot out and prison. What more could you ask for?
I cannot begin to put into words how much I adore this film. But for a review, I suppose I have to. Starting with the soundtrack as it’s Monday. Alexandre Desplat has done an excellent job with this score. I believe he worked closely with Wes Anderson on the score, as with most of Wes Anderson’s projects he likes every detail to be just right. So here it is in all its glory, make sure you listen to Traditional Arrangement “Moonshine” because it plays over the end credits and I think it perfectly sums up the film. Enjoy, and Wednesday’s post is going to be amazing, I can’t wait!!
The Last Five Years is a musical starring Anna Kendrick as Cathy and Jeremy Jordan as Jamie. A young couple who’s relationship, spanning five years, is shown in pieces and from both of their perspectives.
What I love about this film is its treats the timeline like a person’s memory. We don’t remember parts of a relationship or life in chronological order. We remember it in messy pieces that don’t often connect. The memories come rushing back in no particular order.
This film perfectly reflects a relationship that wants to exist and thrive. But sometimes life and people get in the way of that relationship and sometimes its no one’s fault. Things can just break down, we see Cathy fighting for the relationship at different times to Jamie fighting for it. Jamie’s career takes off, where Cathy is struggling to find work on stage. Even though Cathy is supportive of Jamie’s fame, the strain it puts on their relationship becomes clear.
What else I really love about this film, is it doesn’t point out directly where in the timeline we are. There’s clues in the opening scenes, years and whether they are married or not. It’s not stated, its kind of treated as secondary to the story line.
The music in this film is wonderful, being a musical most of the story is told through the music. Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan are both exceptional singers, both come from a stage background, as does this story, so they are both more than capable in handling the big numbers. The two actors have great chemistry, the passion for this project is clear. I also think now, with Anna Kendrick’s fame rising, its sometimes difficult to see the character and not the actor. But in this case, Kendrick and Jordan lose themselves in the roles, so you in turn you too lose yourself in the story. I think my favourite song is See I’m Smiling, because it is a pivotal turning point in their relationship.
This film is a treat. If you love musicals and romantic stories, this is the film for you. It’s chaotic beginnings and love struck middles make for a film that will take you on a journey through a relationship. Just unconventionally told.