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At the movies: The Grand Budapest Hotel

March 26, 2015

Grand Budapest Hotel

As the concierge of The Grand Budapest Hotel, Gustave H provides invaluable service to his customers, many who come year after year.  When a wealthy guest dies, she leaves a valuable painting to him but her son refuses to let him have it.  Gustave and his trusted sidekick, Lobby Boy Zero Moustafa take the painting and run, triggering a wild pursuit.

A couple of years ago, I saw one of Wes Anderson’s movies, Moonrise Kingdom and really didn’t enjoy it, so I wasn’t interested in The Grand Budapest Hotel when it came out.  Then it was nominated for an Oscar and people kept telling me it was really good, so I decided to watch it at home.  I should have stuck with my first instinct and skipped this one.  I’ve decided Wes Anderson’s films just aren’t for me.  I find them campy and farcical and don’t think I really understand them.  I was bored through most of this movie and had trouble following the storyline.  Maybe I’m just too old but I just didn’t get this movie – I’m obviously in the minority, though.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. March 26, 2015 6:33 am

    I think I’m too old too.

  2. Diane (@bookchickdi) permalink
    March 26, 2015 7:25 am

    People either really like Wes Anderson films or really dislike them; there seems to be no middle ground.

  3. March 26, 2015 7:53 am

    I actually couldn’t understand much from the trailer either, but my husband loved it. I have a feeling I won’t enjoy this movie either, but I’m still curious to watch it since everyone has been raving about it, so maybe someday I’ll rent it.

  4. March 26, 2015 8:10 am

    I have not seen this one.

  5. March 26, 2015 8:42 am

    I totally hated this one and could not understand all the love for it. Of course, Jim loved it.

  6. March 26, 2015 9:05 am

    It doesn’t grab my attention so I understand you not liking it.

  7. March 26, 2015 9:31 am

    Add another person to your minority group. I didn’t much care for Moonrise Kingdom or this one either. I am obviously someone else who doesn’t get, or care for, Wes Anderson movies. I feel perfectly fine being in the minority.

  8. Patty permalink
    March 26, 2015 10:22 am

    Den loved it…I read through it…ick!

  9. March 26, 2015 11:54 am

    Thank you for sharing your honest thoughts about this movie, Kathy. I will keep your review in mind.

  10. March 26, 2015 1:16 pm

    I saw the movie.

    It was corny and fun. I laughed quite a few times.

    It was difficult to follow, but I enjoyed it.

  11. March 26, 2015 1:52 pm

    Probably not for me – I appreciate your thoughts on the film.

  12. March 26, 2015 4:17 pm

    I like his movies 🙂

  13. March 26, 2015 5:01 pm

    I also found the movie hard to follow but I liked it anyway. It’s not my favorite Wes Anderson movie though.

  14. March 26, 2015 7:44 pm

    With all the nominations, I kept wondering if I should give this a try, even though the trailer seemed too out there for me. After reading your review, I think I’ll skip it. Thanks for watching it so I don’t have to! 🙂

  15. March 27, 2015 10:21 am

    I didn’t like it either.

  16. Literary Feline permalink
    March 27, 2015 4:34 pm

    I have a copy of the book to read, but haven’t yet got to it. I will probably see the movie when I get around to reading the book. Maybe. I am sorry you didn’t care for this one.

  17. March 27, 2015 9:33 pm

    I have this movie on my DVR but haven’t been compelled to watch it yet. I feel like I should like this director more than I do! Next time you’ll know to skip 🙂

  18. April 3, 2015 11:10 pm

    I don’t get Wes Anderson either. Of the few of his movies that I’ve seen this has been my favorite, but still not a fan.

  19. bookingmama permalink
    April 8, 2015 8:23 pm

    My MIL was raving about this!

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