A Night at the Movies: The Grand Budapest Hotel

 As you know, I am not a movie goer. Since December, I’ve now seen three movies in the theater which is more than I saw in the entire year last year! I’m trying to do better but for the most part, I am not a big fan of sitting in the theater with everyone else when I can sit at home and pause when I need to go to the bathroom or text someone or just walk around the room! But Saturday was a somewhat rainy afternoon and my aunt and uncle were in town so off I went to the movie theater with my aunt and uncle, parents and grandmother. The only movie we could all agree on to see was The Grand Budapest Hotel.  I didn’t know much about it except that several people I knew had seen it and enjoyed it and it wasn’t a big Hollywood blockbuster.  Works for me!

Here’s what IMDB had to say: “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.

So one thing that super confused me was the timeline. The bulk of the story took place in 1932 and spoke about a war but I’m not sure if they were referencing the lead-up to WWII or if it was just a fictional thing.  Other than that, I loved the film. I thought it was a great story of friendship and mentoring with some slapstick to tie it all up. But not everyone I went with loved it as much as I did. Neither my aunt or mom felt a connection with the movie at all.

The other part I loved was just the beauty of the scenery. I wish I could find a hotel like this to stay at! Especially during the prime-I mean what hotel still has lobby boys and concierges that provide such a detailed level of service (ok I don’t necessarily want the extremes that Gustave H went through but pampering is nice!) There are also some great train scenes and I am a huge lover of trains and wouldn’t mind traveling the Continent on a train! I also mentioned that I saw this movie with family and someone asked the question, how did I handle the awkward scene with my family there? None of us can remember a particularly awkward scene in the movie–does anyone have any ideas about what this was?!

Have you seen any good movies that I should put on my someday list?