The Grand Budapest Hotel & Into the Woods

The Grand Budapest Hotel

When I heard that The Grand Budapest Hotel was nominated for an Oscar this year, I thought (and said aloud, more than once), “How is that silly-looking movie with all the old people nominated for Best Picture? Didn’t it come out a while ago?” Only when I actually started watching The Grand Budapest Hotel did I realize I was thinking of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and that these were two completely different movies. Whoopsie daisies!

So I’m not really a Wes Anderson kind of girl — I think the only other movie of his I’ve seen is Moonrise Kingdom — but I enjoyed this. It’s the quirky tale of an old hotel in a made-up European town, particularly about the adventures of the hotel’s former manager and lobby boy. Ralph Fiennes as the manager-slash-gigolo is hilarious and exceptional, and after seeing it I wish he’d won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical (why do they split it up that way?).

This won the Golden Globe for Best Picture Comedy/Musical, but I don’t think it has a hope for Best Picture at the Oscars. It could win something for music or set design, or maybe even cinematography (I only pretend to know what “cinematography” means, but it sounds like something a Wes Anderson movie should win).

Into the Woods

While writing my American Sniper post, I realized I never wrote a review of Into the Woods. Shame on me! Well, despite never having heard of the original musical (weird, right?), I was desperate to see it and sure I would love it. I was wrong.

“Hate” is a strong word, so I’ll just say I didn’t like it. At all. (I’m fairly easy to please entertainment-wise, so it takes a lot for me to say I flat-out didn’t like something.) The fairy tales chosen to weave together — Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk — did not weave together correctly, I could not connect with any of the songs, and the characters annoyed the crap out of me. The part where the baker’s wife makes out with Cinderella’s prince? Come on! And then she DIES? Come ON! It’s not just the movie I’m unhappy with, it’s the story itself, so I don’t think I would like the play any better. (I’m actually pretty upset about how much I did not enjoy this.)

Do I think Meryl Streep will win Best Supporting Actress? No. I think the movie will win for Costume Design — Meryl Streep’s and Anna Kendrick‘s outfits were quite outstanding — but at this point, if you’re Meryl Streep, do you really care? She is pretty much the only redeemable thing about the movie, but I don’t think she’s redeemable enough to win.

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