The word I would use to describe this movie is "brilliant". Let's be honest, Wes Anderson can make some weird shit, but he hits the nail on the head with his latest contribution to the film world. Sharp, quirky dialog, a fantastic cast of characters, Anderson's unconventional, trademark camera work, humor, heartbreak and a tale that is worth coming back to again and again.
Though the story shines brightly, it is the characters that breath life into each scene. Jude Law is the author of the story. Ralph Fiennes does a great job in the role of Monsieur Gustave, filling out his charismatic and comical personality. Zero, his lobby boy in training, performs admirably as a trusty side-kick who delivers a unique form of humor from a foreign perspective. Adrien Brody plays a greedy son with sinister intentions, but it is his henchman J.G. Jopling (Wllem Dafoe), that became a personal favorite of mine. Check out the whiskey compartment of his leather jacket. You'll want one. Edward Norton is a police inspector, Harvey Keitel is an aged prisoner with a hand for drawing, and Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Tom Wilkinson make appearances for cameo roles.
This one I can't recommend highly enough. See The Grand Budapest Hotel. It's one of the best 2014.
Forest Whitaker plays a mafia hitman who lives by the codes and philosophy as outlined in the ancient ways of the samurai. Though the formula doesnt sound like a winner on paper, Jim Jarmusch, director of the current box office, Only Lovers Left Alive, delivers an interesting take on Urban America mixed with the deep roots of Asian culture. With a soundtrack composed by Wu Tang Clan's, RZA, the film moves along with Ghost Dog reading exerpts from his principal read, Hagakure, as he tries to right the wrong of an itilaian gangster who he is eternally in debt to.
Its the lifestyle Ghost Dog lives that is most compelling. He relays information through carrier pigeons, his best friend is a french ice cream driver (neither one of them knowing the others language), and he tots around a brief case full of modified weaponry.
The flick isnt without fault however. There's no sword play, no close quarters combat, and the final scenes of bad guy elimination is kinda anti-climatic. And what's the deal with that pistol "wave" Ghost Dog does when he hustlers his weapon. Seriously. Even with me knowing what the intentions are of such actions in the world of martial arts, it just looks dumb. That shit ain't a sword bro.
Still, its definitely worth a watch and if you happen to see Only Lovers Left Alive, let me know if its one for the books.
3. The Fisher King
I was a little turned off by the premise, a jerk of a radio host sets off a caller, sending the man into a killing spree at a local upscale restaurant. The incident sends Bridge's character into a depression that lasts several years, until he meets an eccentric homeless man (Williams) who asks him for help in recovering the Holy Grail from a rich man's castle home in Manhattan. The former radio host is hesitant at first, until he learns that his past connects with the bum in startling ways.
The movie as a whole has enough laughs to keep you watching and even tugs at your heart strings in its conclusion. Give it a watch and maybe check out other Williams movies on Netflix like the Birdcage, which I hear is pretty solid comedy.
5. The Talented Mr. Ripley
Almost halfway into the film, viewers are also treated to a side performance by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, who plays a close friend of Dickie's. His role is an engaging one, but it is the building reaction of Damon's character that stirs the pot on the pairs relationship.
You may not know how you feel about the movie at it's conclusion, but let it sit with you for a few days. You may start asking yourself all kinds of questions about Tom Ripley. Who was he really? How did he come into the situation that originally triggered everything that followed in the movie? Is his sexuality, a key element of the film, the result of his own twisted and confusing persona? It's one of the few movies that has actually gotten under my skin days AFTER I had viewed it, in such a way that it makes me question much about the psychological nature of people, as each character from the film represents something unique in their own role, with Tom Ripley muddling the waters all the way through.