The Grand Budapest Hotel & Her

Been on a movie binge lately with a friend. Isn’t there always something nice and cozy about ordering in a pizza and watching a movie with people at home? I remember back in high school it was this special thing to have a couple of good friends over to enjoy a movie together. It then evolved to cooking every Friday with my best friends before we studied together. Now I barely get to see anybody once school comes around *loner*.

Anyway, lately a friend and I have been checking out movies that are rated highly on Rotten Tomatoes. You ever notice sometimes something is rated highly but it is just mediocre at best when you check it out? Not the case this time, thank god LOL. I can see why these two movies are rated high because I really enjoyed watching them too.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. (2014)

Rotton Tomatoes Rating: 92%


I was instantly hooked just from watching the trailer. Looking at just the poster itself, at first, made me think it was going to be some boring historical film, but it actually has a lot more to offer. It reminded my friend and me of a cartoon. The colours and the characters themselves kind of reminds me of a ’90s child cartoon. Everything is so bright and vivid. They were not shy about using bold colours in the scenes. And I loved the humour of the characters.

It’s so weird to know that the main character, Gustave, is played by Ralph Fiennes – Lord Voldemort! Don’t you just love seeing actors in roles that are so different?! And his character is just so weird and witty. The plot itself isn’t super original, but the way they went about telling the story and the things that come out of the characters’ mouth are what really makes everything so enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this is you miss old comedy shows (or wish a movie had an element of that) with peculiar characters and not so PG humour. I mean, look at Dmitri Desgoffe und Taxis! Does he not look like a villain from a show we watch back when we were a kid?!

5/5

Her

Spike Jonze takes the helm for this comedy about a withdrawn writer (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his computer’s highly advanced operating system. (2013)

Rotton Tomatoes Rating: 94%


I think this is a really interesting movie because I don’t think this future is that far off for us all. Aren’t we all already practically married to our phones and computers? It starts off with the main character, Theodore, at his job where he is a professional writer of handwritten letters. How many of us still sends handwritten letters? My friend and I like to send each other letters when she’s out of town for school, but even then, it’s not very often. I like that in the movie, it still carried the same sort of thought that letters are used to express something sincere, something important, something personal.

All throughout the movie we’re kept in this sort of melancholic mood. The colours are soft and the music matches it perfectly. And we, as the viewers, feel the loneliness the character experiences in a world where everyone is always with their technology. It was so easy for Theodore to find companionship in an OS that is specifically tailored to the user as it gets to learn more as each minute passes by. This is especially true when we get to see the times he spent with his ex-wife.

I just want to mention that I didn’t even recognize Rooney Mara in this film! I never knew about her until all the pictures from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo popped up and I’d see her pictures from promoting that film. She kept that look up for quite a while and I totally thought she’d just keep the look because she was finally getting known by the general public and fashion magazines and blogs were eating up her new fashion style. But in this film she was so.. innocent and pure.

Anyway, I think the movie showed us something very important about our relationships. But I think everyone should watch it and find out for themselves what they think the film is trying to show us. So.. go watch it :D!

5/5

PS. I really like this song from the movie!

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