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The Grand Budapest Hotel

This March, the new movie The Grand Budapest Hotel premieres in cinemas. It is written by Stefan Zweig and directed by the legendary Wes Anderson. As we see in The Grand Budapest Hotel trailer, this movie looks almost like a fantasy. Everything is just so colorful and it all plays with our eyes and imagination.

The new film recounts the adventures of M Gustave and Zero Moustafa. Gustave H is a famous concierge at this famous European Hotel, Zero is the lobby boy. Many distinguished people are visiting the hotel because of the charming concierge, because, he can conquer the heart of any old, rich lady within seconds. This is a secret dirty passion of his. This is why, our main hero gets into some troubles and together with his true friend Zero, they experience some unbelievable adventures. The young lobby boy is the one who shows what a true friendship means. Next to them, there are a bunch of other characters. All of them will make the public laugh and experience some really nice time.

The Grand Budapest Hotel has an absolutely splendid cast, starring stars like Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Jude Law, Adrien Brody, F.Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Ronan, Tony Revolori, Owen Wilson and many others. Ralph Fiennes looks simply fantastic as M Gustave. Such great actors – no wonder why this movie is going to be huge.

Brought to us by 20th Century Fox and produced by Scott Rudin Productions and Indian Paintbrush, The Grand Budapest Hotel is going to make the audience fall in love with its characters and laugh really hard. There is a lot to see and a lot to laugh about. The critics all around the world say that the humor in this movie gets up to high points.

The visuals are simply amazing, as everything looks magical, but at the same time authentic. Do not miss the opportunity to be next to M Gustave and Zero Moustafa in their adventures. This spring, watch the new comedy/drama The Grand Budapest Hotel and feel the incredible story coming alive.

I saw this film in theaters a few weeks ago and I was the youngest person in the audience by about 20 years.

Kate Winslet, The Reader, Oscar Nominated

When a young boy, Michael Berg (David Kross), gets sick on his way home from school, a woman, Hannah Schmitz (Kate Winslet), helps him get home. When he goes back to thank her, they discover a tension there that manifests into an illicit affair. During the course of their relationship, Michael begins to read to Hannah and they bond through the words on the page. Three years after the affair ends, he encounters her once more under very different circumstances.

The performances in this film are fantastic. Kross and Winslet convey their lust and passion with few actual words. Michael’s reading and Hannah’s reactions are what drives their relationship. In later years, Ralph Fiennes portrays Michael as a tortured soul with a secret in his past. Having read the book, I enjoyed the film but felt that there were a few small things that were mishandled. A few important looks between Michael and Hannah are missing that I think would have further developed their characters well. Also, there is a reveal that is handled in the film as a big revelation, when I thought it was made quite obvious throughout.

Nominations:

Best Picture
The Academy loves holocaust films and I think it’s the only film here that could give Slumdog a run for its money.

Best Director – Stephen Daldry
There’s nothing special about the way this film is directed, though, and I don’t think that Daldry stands a chance here.

Best Actress – Kate Winslet
Her quiet performance of a tortured and painfully honest character is the reason these awards exist. I look forward to seeing her win.

Best Adapted Screenplay
I do like this nomination here. The book is a great story and the film does it justice. If anything is going to knock out Slumdog here it would be this.

Best Cinematography
Poor Roger Deakins does breathtaking work. He works like a dog (last year he was responsible for The Assassination of Jesse James and No Country for Old Men, this year he can claim both The Reader and Doubt) and has been nominated 8 times, but has never won. And I don’t think that will change this year.

***½