Monday, March 24, 2014

Movie Reviews: "Divergent" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel"




Divergent
Rated PG-13





In futuristic Chicago, Tris, a 16 year old young woman, must choose the faction in which she will spend the rest of her life.  She must also hide the fact that she's divergent, which means she doesn't belong in only one faction, but has multiple aptitudes.  Why are other groups hunting divergents and will they be completely successful?

previous post contained a book review for Veronica Roth's Divergent, which I Ioved and gave 4 stars.  Divergent, the movie, isn't quite as strong as the book, but is still a solid movie and worth seeing.






The Grand Budapest Hotel
Rated R




Funny and touching, yet odd, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a cinematic experience.  The film chronicles the adventures of Gustav H., the concierge of the namesake luxury hotel and his trusted protege, hotel lobby boy Zero.  Set between the first and second world wars, the movie involves a suspicious death, art theft, and heirs battling for control of an estate. 

I loved The Grand Budapest Hotel and would love to get into the mind of Wes Anderson, the film's writer and director.  Like his last movie, Moonrise Kingdom, both films have all-star casts, caricature-like characters and a child-like naiveté.  They also gently show the less savory sides of human nature.  This film is a must-see!

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