I saw this movie for the first time on a flight from JFK to Shannon, Ireland. I had heard so many good things about it I really wanted to see it. However, I ended up unable to stay awake to pay attention to the entire film. I blamed it on the fact that it was the middle of the night, and I was on a plane.
Since The Grand Budapest Hotel was nominated for an Oscar I decided I needed to give it another chance, since I couldn’t fairly review it for my blog if I hadn’t even been awake throughout the entire movie. I discovered that I honestly wasn’t much more interested in it the second time around than I had been the first. Maybe I just don’t get Wes Anderson, but I just did not enjoy this movie nearly as much as the people writing all the reviews I had read. I felt the exact same way about The Darjeeling Limited when I finally watched that as well.
There were some very humorous moments, and the cast was terrific. It just felt jumpy and hard to follow at times. Anderson does some great things with setting up comedic shots – scenes that are funny without any word of dialogue – such as when Zero visits the prison for the first time and the audience expects the huge gate to slide open, when instead a small door to the left opens. Little moments like that are great. But on the whole I just had a hard time getting into this film and I don’t understand it’s Oscar nomination.
Favorite Moment: My favorite moments were the subtle humor moments like the one described above, as well as the shootout in the hotel, where everyone just starts shooting.
1. The Theory of Everything
2. The Imitation Game
3. American Sniper
4. The Grand Budapest Hotel