@filmcommentary's Top 20 Films of 2014 2: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL/IDA
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL is what you can expect from Wes Anderson. Stunning cinematography and production design, breathtaking performances, Desplat killing it with the score, and the pinnacle of cinematic quirkiness, Wes Anderson, writing the best screenplay of the year. The story created here in a script that was finished in under three weeks is absolutely mesmerizing. The characters that Anderson creates don't seem like real people, but rather extreme cartoons. But unlike most movies, it works. The veteran cast here is a big help. Easily the cast of the year, the whole nine yards is created with the casting. It is a true marvel to see one face and then see another, both with equal prominence in the industry. The directing is solid as well, and overall, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a film that barely missed the cut for Best Film of the year. Masterfully shot and hauntingly beautiful, IDA is by far the best Foreign Language film you'll see this year. The techniques and fundamental creativity in this film makes this a hard film to go away from. This is a film you don't want to end. A true veteran masterpiece, IDA's powerful acting may be straightforward and flawed at times, but the overall concept collides with the performances so spectacularly. Łukasz Żal and Ryszard Lenczewski absolutely empower the film with its cinematography. The two clearly are not new to the camera, and are finally receiving attention with an Academy nomination. This is truly a film that begs to be seen twice, even if the acting is bittersweet and the score isn't top-tier. A once-in-a-lifetime experience, IDA hits home with extraordinary strides.
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
Story and Script: 20/20
OVERALL: 96/100 (A)
Story and Script: 19/20
OVERALL: 94/100 (A)
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