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The Grand Budapest Hotel

I walked by Malvern Theatres yesterday, and my eye was caught by the poster advertising the current movie – The Grand Budapest Hotel. It’s had some pretty good reviews, so I thought I’d give it a whirl and bought myself a ticket for this afternoon’s matinĂ©e.

The cinema was only very sparsely populated, and they had only opened the seating in the stalls. I prefer sitting in the circle, but they only open that for the more popular films. It wasn’t quite like having a private view, but not far off. However, the film itself was a lot of fun. It starred Ralph Fiennes as the concierge at a grand East European hotel in between the wars, caught up in a murky plot of murder, art theft and skulduggery. It had cameos from all sorts of top actors including Tilda Swinton as an ageing aristocrat, and Bill Murray as the concierge at a rival hotel. The cinematography was quite unusual – it was almost like a live action comic or cartoon. Fiennes was clearly having a ball, hamming it up outrageously, and there were stereotypical baddies, some in Nazi uniform and some like James Bond thugs/villains. All it all, it was a very odd film, but it kept me gripped this afternoon.

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  1. Kevin | 31 March 2014 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    Good review. I’ll go see it when it hits Fremantle cinemas.