So let’s just start out with my overall rating of this movie; a solid 7 out of 10.
I was overall very pleased with this remake of one of my favorite Disney princesses and it didn’t receive higher marks not because it was awful in some areas, but because it was lacking in others. Let me explain what I mean by 7 out of 10.
To begin with, Cate Blanchet, the evil Step Mother, absolutely stole the entire movie. For the first time we receive some background, character development for her character and I loved the way my hatred for her grew as the movie progressed. Honestly, she was truly phenomenal. It was the fact that she stole the show and not the actress who played Cinderella that is a problematic point for me.
Don’t get me wrong, Lily James, did a splendid job and the script behind her was perfect, but there was nothing stupendous about her performance. She did a brilliant job of portraying such an iconically “perfect” princess, but in this remake I didn’t feel like there was enough contrast between the original view of the character (that is who we all know as Cinderella) and the remade version of her (this movie). I enjoyed her performance nonetheless and I think she is a marvelous actress, but I suppose I wish the new writers had given us another dimension of her character.
For example, in Maleficient, we truly liked Maleficient by the end in comparison to the original version where we hated her. I wish I could have been able to think about Cinderella a little more complexly afterwards like I was forced to in the case of Maleficient.
Continuing on, Richard Madden, or Prince Kit, was fantastic. He had such a cute, dorky smile on throughout the whole film that made it practically impossible not to fall in love with him too.
The script overall kept very true to the original plot, themes, and motifs and nicely integrated the iconic songs of Cinderella into the script without it becoming a musical. Again, nicely well done.
The special effects were insane. My mind was fucking blown during the transformation scene when Helena Bottom Carter (the fairy godmother) was granting all of Cinderella’s wishes. A beautiful scene with excellent editing, costuming, special effects, and lighting. I couldn’t help but smile as I watched the exemplary scene take place that once transfixed my younger mind when I watched the cartoon.
Honestly, my No One, it was such a great film. If you get the chance, I highly recommend you go and see it, it isn’t just for kids.
So today I watched The Grand Budapest Hotel for the first time and holy shit was it good. So good in fact, that I decided to review it and talk about it on here (and also because I didn’t do much else today besides homework and church).
Okay to start off, I’d have to give the film as a whole a 9.5 out of 10- which (if you know me) is not an easy thing to achieve on my scale. But the 0.5 points it is missing are partly due to the fact that there wasn’t a more diverse cast. Yes, the protagonist was an immigrant to the country that the hotel resided in, but he was one of the very few people of color in the cast. Additionally, of the only three females that were essential to the film, two of them died on screen while the third- well I won’t ruin that heart ache for you.
The remaining 9.5 points were awarded as such:
2 for Ralph Fiennes excellent, hilarious, and vastly entertaining portrayal of Master Gustave. No matter what scene he was in, if he was just in the background or at the forefront, I could not take my eyes of him and his stunning performance.
2 for the many cameos. This film included Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, William Dafoe, Owen Wilson, amongst many others. Each actor or actress stole the spotlight for however long their parts allowed and my God was I laughing my ass off during the Concierge, Crossed Keys, scene.
2 for Tony Revolori’s acting and character, Zero. While this film centers on M. Gustave’s fantastical nature, it is seen through the eyes of this young boy, his apprentice. In his debut performance, Revolori had my heart from the moment he stepped on screen and Zero’s storyline kept me interested in the development of his character.
2.5 for the screenplay. Although the central plot points were mildly predictable and in expected order, they were written splendidly and shot beautifully. The style of the film was breathtaking- each shot could have taken easily hours upon hours of preproduction and the actual idea behind the film is quite quirky and ingenious in and of itself. And just AGH! The scenes jumped from one to the next in just the right amount of time and with just the right amount of comedic sprinkles to go on top of it all.
And the last point is awarded to Wes Anderson, who continues to amaze me with his creative imagination and vision and his ability to make characters, a story, and a set come to life in such a fantastical way.
In other news, I really haven’t done much today save my homework for tomorrow, church, and watching this film. I did talk to Bobby for a half hour a little bit ago (thus my rather later post) which was lovely as always. Among other things, I will hopefully be going to the beach tomorrow, maybe with a friend, maybe not, and going to school which I’m looking forward to, surprisingly.
I hope you had a splendid 8th of February, 2015, and I love you very much, my No One. ❤
If you want me to review any other films, please let me know!