March Cinema - The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Double

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Another very enjoyable month of cinema visits. Feast your eyes upon the darkly-twee imaginings of Wes Anderson in 'The Grand Budapest Hotel', and the Kafkaesque black humour of Richard Ayoade's 'The Double'. I know this post is a little far into April, but my dissertation, guys. My dissertation.


Arguably Wes Anderson's greatest movie to date, The Grand Budapest Hotel surpassed all of my expectations. It's difficult to summarise the story of this gorgeous film but it takes place in a hotel (shockingly) as a writer seeks to find the story behind its past magnificence. The story is a brilliant one with aspects you would never see coming, with a huge dash of black humour and Ralph Fiennes, by far the best part of the entire film, making you titter as he swears out of the blue. I can't find much to say about this film but I'd recommend it to anyone, Anderson fan or not. It'll catch you by surprise.

8.5/10


If you're a fan of British comedy, 'Submarine', Jesse Eisenberg or Mia Wasikowska, you'll recognise 99% of the people in this film. That aside, this film is good. Very, very good. Adapted from a Dostoyevsky short story, 'The Double' is the tale of a young man who becomes haunted by his own doppelganger, but no one else seems to notice the resemblance. The film is visually beautiful in its emptiness but smart use of colour, symmetrical shots, and setting straight out of an Orwellian classic. I don't want to give this film away to you as I had a brilliant time going into it with no idea what was going to happen. Eisenberg shows his fantastic acting talents through the tiny changes of body language and facial ticks that define these two characters. 

7/10

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