Movie – The Grand Budapest Hotel [REVIEW] – The Adventures Of Gustave H

IMDB Rating: 8,1/10
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Director: Wes Anderson
Writer: Stefan Zweig
Stars: Ralph FiennesF. Murray AbrahamMathieu Amalric

Previously, I had not written for these two days because I had already started a college actively. Not to mention, last night I had time to write this review but my internet network suddenly becomes worse. So, I wasted my time watching these two brilliant movies, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) by Alejandro G. Iñárritu and The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson. I admit that The Grand Budapest Hotel is a movie that is so different from the others. For some reason, the sensations and the cinematography are very complex when compared with others. Wes Anderson is someone as known for his movies like Rushmore, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise Kingdom. This movie is the first Wes Anderson movie I’ve watched yet. I mean, where have I been? I don’t know there is a movie like this in a century that is almost dominated by mainstream films. The Grand Budapest Hotel is a movie from Wes Anderson as I can say the best of everything.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” tells about the author (Tom Wilkinson) in 1985. He told of an experience when he went to the Grand Budapest Hotel in a fictional area called Zubrowka in 1968. There, he met Mr. Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham), the owner of the hotel. The author wondered how could he have a hotel like this? He replied that the hotel was inherited by M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) who is the former owner of the hotel. This is a story where M. Gustave, a legend who owned a luxury hotel during first and second world wars and Zero (Tony Revolori), a lobby boy who became a trusted friend. A story of the theft of a painting that resulted in a highly dramatic and highly unpredictable interim between cats and mouses.

Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Tony Revolori, and Golo Euler in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The Grand Budapest Hotel invites all of the very famous actors. Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Edward Norton, and Bill Murray are the legendary who play in this movie as long as you watch it. But, of all the actors who play in this movie, Ralph Fiennes is a figure that I’m speechless. His acting was brilliant, calm, gentleman, funny, and ridiculous. Although I haven’t seen The Theory Of Everything where Eddie Redmayne turns Ralph Fiennes and his competitors, I admit that he really deserves the Oscars. Initially, I didn’t know after knowing that he also filled a movie that directed by Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List where he plays Amon Goeth. In this movie, he didn’t bring any performance from Schindler’s List. I see he is a very unconventional person if I compare it with Amon Goeth. F. Murray Abraham, also I think he is very emotional. His expression when he retelling his past is very passionate. Adrien Brody who previously starred in The Pianist, he played very well in this movie even though I haven’t seen The Pianist. Harvey Keitel who previously starred in Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs by Quentin Tarantino is also very good despite only getting a medium portion in this movie. Edward Norton doesn’t seem to show his true acting even though I know that only a small part he cast. Apparently, he seems to restrict his character in here so he doesn’t dominate too much. Bill Murray, if you don’t know him then your childhood isn’t full of joy. I mean, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day are movies that accompany us in childhood. He also didn’t get a big part in this movie. Willem Dafoe, the actor I can say the most ridiculous character in this movie. For me, he created all the humor in this movie so everything is filled with cuteness that he created to look more absurd.

Edward Norton and Golo Euler in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a movie that really presents us a cinematographic technique that is very cool and very colorful for eyes. During the movie, the director only put a camera in every character capture and his character always focuses on the middle of the picture. This movie also took a size picture with aspect ratio 16 x 9 when in the part of the retelling story and for the present time, it took like a widescreen picture. There is no impression like a camera that is regulated by people and it’s all very nice to look at. The plot of the story that was delivered also successfully processed well, using the technique that is divided into several parts so that this movie also should be taken seriously because the small part that you don’t understand will you consider as a complicated story. Naturally, this movie received four Oscars in Best Achievement in Production Design, Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures. Everything seemed to be nothing in vain because I admit that everything is worth to be earned in this movie. The costume and its makeup are very colorful, the use of the place and the selection of colors in every room is very suitable and the music that seemed packed as if we witnessed something nostalgic. If I compare it to Birdman where I’ve watched it too, this movie should also be worth in Best Motion Picture of the Year but this is just my opinion. One more thing, Tony Revolori who plays Zero is also notable in this movie although he was very new at that time. But, I realize that he also creates his character that impresses with funny acting and innocent expression in this movie.

Overall, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a movie that I should be obliged watch by you because this movie like this is no more exist in this era. The impression is very funny and full of colorful, supported by old actors as well as music that makes us nostalgic. Wes Anderson presents all the beautiful forms of cinematography that are very pleasing to the eye. I’ll never again get a movie with a classic impression in this era. Wes Anderson is someone who makes a movie that so different from the other films.


Movie – Scarface [REVIEW] – The World Is Yours

IMDB Rating: 8,3/10
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director: Brian De Palma
Writer: Oliver Stone
Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer

I played the game before on PlayStation 2’s, Scarface: The World Is Yours. The game model is exactly same as Grand Theft Auto. However, this is more exciting than Grand Theft Auto. Although I was finished, I still play it even on my PC. The movie also I watched when childhood. However, when compared with the game is very different. Scarface: The World Is Yours is a sequel to the film.


“Scarface,” tells about the year 1980 in May. Fidel Castro has just opened a port of Mariel in Cuba. His goal is to gather his members with his relatives in America. Recorded 125,000 Cuban refugees arrived in Florida and among them 25,000 criminals. Antonio ‘Tony’ Montana (Al Pacino) and his friend Manny Ribera (Steven Bauer) get permission to stay in Miami after successfully killing Rebenga (Roberto Contreras) for Omar Suarez (F. Murray Abraham).

Omar then asks Tony to trade cocaine with a Columbia merchant and Tony manages to do so. Tony brings the money and cocaine at once. Tony and Manny then had the opportunity to meet Frank Lopez (Robert Loggia), a drug dealer and Omar’s boss. Tony also fell in love with Elvira Hancock (Michelle Pfeiffer), a Frank woman. Frank eventually recruited Tony and Manny to become his members.

Movies mafia indeed no longer underestimated its existence. Especially the actor is Al Pacino. Al Pacino acting in this movie is very cool. Describes a very arrogant, cunning, evil, and criminal nature. Al Pacino is the main actor in this movie. So do the supporting actors like Steven Bauer and others. However, Al Pacino is the main star. Al Pacino was interviewed in another talk show. He was asked, “Who is the character of the film you have ever played and which one of you favorite the most?” Al Pacino replied, “I prefer to play Tony from Scarface.”

Although this is a classic movie, this film portrays a real human is. Tony is described as a greedy person and always wants something more. Scarface shows that no matter what human behavior, humans are still blessed to love those around them. However, Tony here just assumes that all can be solved with money.

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This film is purely a lot of the ‘F’ word in it. Probably countless, similar to the Goodfellas movie that many say ‘F’. However, this film teaches us that money never solves the problem. In fact, the happiness and togetherness can’t be bought with money. The happiness is only in the hearts of every human being, however our circumstances and wherever happiness is always there and never replaced with money.

Overall, this film in all aspects is very good indeed. Starting from the theme of lifting drug dealers and a little mafia theme until the lessons we can take from watching this movie. Al Pacino is the star of this movie.