Thursday, 10 April 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Got a ticket to see The Grand Budapest Hotel (playing at GSC's International Screens) with minutes to spare. My guess as to why the room was almost full is because it's either that particular screening time, or the 10 p.m. screening, which is great... if you don't have to get up early the next day. 
  • Knowing beforehand that the hotel exterior is really a miniature... I thought it was cute. Who's not a sucker for miniature stuff?
  • Despite being set in a fictional European nation of Zubrowka, everyone got to keep their real accents in this movie. Which kind of makes sense with the immigration (or emigration) theme..? At least they're not stuck speaking a weird generic American/pseudo-European accent..
  • If you've seen other Wes Anderson movies, you might have recognised some of the faces from those other movies. There are a lot of "blink and you'll miss it" cameos here.
  • The scene with all the other concierges (more cameo spotting!) aiding Gustave and Zero was entertaining. What cracked people up was what they were doing before asking the messenger to "take over".
  • How is it that Gustave and Zero don't feel cold despite running around outside in the snow?
The movie is so cray cray, it's hilarious. Also really entertaining, if you're looking to watch a not-too mainstream movie.