Grand Budapest Hotel is like totally awesome

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Guys I’ve been a bit slack. I still haven’t seen Moonrise Kingdom. I know, I know, it’s been out for frikken ages but it’s one of those things that keeps slipping down my list. I fucking loved Fantastic Mr. Fox, though, so I was amped to see Wes Anderson’s latest whimsical romp. Nice word that, whimsical. That’s the best word I can think of to describe this movie. And I wasn’t the only one to be charmed by this dry and humourful flick in a tiny but packed underground cinema in Central Auckland.

The audience laughed (yeah, audibly, not just polite chuckles) at all the right moments. Wes Anderson has created a film full of fun and colour and daring moves which keep it feeling fresh. Daring moves like the occasional animated scene at times make the film feel like a delightful community play in all the best ways. There’s a hip (note: not hipster) aesthetic to the film, it’s colourful but subdued, and beautiful in a crowded antique store-meets-Tumblr chic kind of way. It really is mesmerising.

The acting is, as to be expected with such names on the poster as Ralph Fiennes and Edward Norton, great. Ralph Fiennes is having a great time as the world’s campest concierge who must team up with his lobby boy to prove his innocence after he’s framed for murder. He’s over the top, dry and outrageous as he skuttles about the imaginary nation of Zubrowka. A stunning supporting cast backs him up, with major stars cropping up seemingly in every new scene.

Grand Budapest Hotel is worth checking out and it’s worth shelling out your pennies to check it out at the movies. The colour and lushness of the film means the cinema experience will be the best place to see it. Go have fun.

 

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Review: Mr Peabody & Sherman

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The great thing about Mr Peabody & Sherman is slaps you in the face. The trailers were terrible, the ads were cheap and the marketing before hand just loved the fact that Mr Peabody was a dog by making cheap dog jokes and puns. What’s so confronting about this movie is its unexpectedly good. Like really good. Not only do they turn the cheap tricks around quickly but they use the fact that Mr Peabody is a dog to actually move the story forward.

The film uses the struggles and condemnation Mr Peabody faces in being taken seriously as a hyper intelligent dog trying to raise a human child as a poignant and frankly touching message about acceptance. There are genuinely moving moments that look at adoptive relationships and what it means to be a father (or a son, for that matter). Pretty heavy for a movie about a time traveling dog, amirite?

The duo use a time machine to travel to different periods through a series of mishaps, bringing clever use of historical figures and situations to propel the story forward. There are some jokes and witty lines that will go down a treat for kids and adults alike, without resorting to cheap puns and toilet jokes.

I saw this movie with an eight year old and an eighty year old. Both came out singing the movie’s praises. Take your kids immediately, you’ll all learn something and have a great time doing it. Woof bloody woof.