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!
Recently, I gave my novel to a professor who I admire very much so that he could read it over and give me feedback. When he finally did, the feedback was well in quantity and at first had me very beaten down, No One. If you’ve been here since then, then you know what I mean. If you are newer, here is a link to that blogpost ( https://hafletcher9718.wordpress.com/2014/10/17/critiques/ ). I’ve learned a lot about myself and being a writer through this one review of my novel and it has really helped me progress in my novel.
Now I wanted to show you guys how I took his advice and ran with it. Come along with me! 😀
Critique 1: A lot of my characters are stereotypical and lacking depth.
How I Fixed It: I’ve examined the gender roles and stereotypes that I (and society) had originally allocated to each character and broke them down. Deciding which trait or characteristics I would and WHY. Everything about each character now serves a purpose.
Critique 2: Well, of course she ends up with him. It’s a bit too obvious.
How I Fixed It: (trying not to give anything away, mind you) She doesn’t end up with him even though it looks that way because of her newly developed ande defined characteristic that span across both stereotypical male and female stereotypes.
Critique 3: This certain name means something entirely different from what I think you want it to mean.
How I Fixed It: Spent many hours of babynames.com and found a far better name.
Critique 4: You haven’t gotten to the main plot line in under 50 pages.
How I Fixed It: (still working on this one, but) Deleted a whole chapter and wove what that one chapter was trying to do and say into a few paragraphs in the next chapter.
So there. I did a thing, got critiqued on the thing, then fixed the thing. Obviously this is just the second version of HALF of a novel so I still have a far way to go and much to learn, but I thought I should share what I’ve learned thus far with you all.
Tonight I went to this adorable little dessertia near Balboa Park named Extraordinary Desserts for the first time ever. Now I usually don’t get phased or awestruck by resteraunts, it’s just not in my nature. But this place. Holy shit, No One. Let me tell you something.
Not only did they have a huge variety of teas and coffees, but their desserts were both numerous and delicious.
My friends and I got this
I honestly couldn’t tell you what was in it, but please just trust me when I say it was good.
It was a bit expensive there (I believe this slice was almost ten dollars but three people couldn’t finish it so you get the bang for your buck) but I truly think it is worth the money, time, and (for me at least) the drive.
The teas were also amazing. One friend and I split the strawberry tea which tasted like a warm strawberry shortcake in my mouth and the friend got some crazy tea that I can’t remember the name of (it had “girl” in there somewhere if that helps). I couldn’t quite put my finger on what that one tasted like and it honestly made it better by having its own distinct taste and smell.
So yeah, I just had to tell y’all about this place cuz I genuinely think everybody and their mother would like this place. The atmosphere is super fancy hipster chic and there were all types of people there, it’s not all weird rocker kids XD.