The Grand Budapest Hotel Review

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  1. Yavin

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    4.5 out of 5. Lavish, funny and brilliantly constructed, this is Wes Anderson's magnum opus.

    My full review can be found here.
     
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    Got my ticket for this Tuesday. Can't wait to see it.
     
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    I tried to get tix for the Music Box free screen in Chicago.

    Went so quick the server crashed. Sucks cause it is a director Q&A.
     
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    I liked it a lot. But I'm still ranking The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou as my favorite Wes Anderson film.
     
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    What aspect ratio is this film in? The trailers and TV spots make it look taller than it is wide.
     
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    There's a mixture of aspect ratios used, but the majority of the film (set in the 1930's) is framed 1:37:1 (to give a feel for the films from that era).
     
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    I saw it & loved it, but I think it's a like it or loathe it film. I might do a rare thing for me & buy the Blu-ray of a new movie, as I'm sure I'll see something I missed every time I watch it.
     
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    I rented this film a little over a week ago and then kept putting off watching it. I was going to return it without seeing it, but finally decided to pop it in the player and give it a spin. I'm glad I did. It was a pretty good film. It was quirky with a dry sense of humour. The actors did a bang up job portraying their characters, especially Fiennes as Gustave H. The fictional setting of the film and the overall tone of it kind of reminded me a bit of "Prisoner of Zenda". The banners with the highly modified SS symbology felt like an homage to the banners in Chaplin's "The Great Dictator". About the only thing that brought it down was the model work. I don't know if he deliberately set out to accentuate that they were miniatures or whether, with the advent of CGI, film makers have lost the ability to fake scale when using miniatures. All I know is that anything involving miniatures and models stuck out like sore thumbs in the film.

    I still like "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" the best out of his films, but this one runs a close second. I'd give it an A-.
     
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    I believe the obviousness of the miniatures was intentional, and for me, was one of the film's many charms.
     

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