Film Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Directed by Wes Anderson, this film is grand, colourful and quirky, with the grand British humour being thrown in throughout. The film is told through a young writers story which leads to the Lobby Boy telling him the story from the 1930s. Anderson makes great use of theatrical framing devices such as miniature stages and chapter titles. Everything is precise and clean. 



Ralph Fiennes plays Mr Gustave, the flamboyant hotel owner who preys on rich older women who stays in his hotel. Fiennes plays the posh quick witted character perfectly with his neat walk and the over used "darling". He takes in the Lobby Boy, Zero, as his assistant which comes in handy when one of Gustave's lovers surprisingly dies leaving him the expensive painting "Boy with Apple". This leads to arguments, theft, chases, prison and more chasing. The scenes are very similar to the 3 Stooges and Charlie Chaplin slapstick. It is the type of comedy that has been lost with the invasion of American films such as the Hangover and Bridesmaids. 

Through the fast paced craziness, the film returns to the now older Lobby Boy crying to Jude Law as he remembers the great losses in his life. The film touches on some deep and loving moments and bonds are made and broken. However it does not last long as the prison alarm sounds and Gustave and Zero run to escape. The film seems to get more and more ridiculous as a chase scene between the assassin on skis and Gustave and Zero on a sledge jump over hills and cliffs. There are appearance from Bill Murray and Owen Wilson and more through the story but just as the rapid scenes threaten distraction, focus is brought back to the older narrator.

There is a sense of a love story between Zero and Agatha but the focus is more on the bond between Zero and Gustave. That is the most touching part. World War 2 is breaking out which causes problems for them along the way but also gives us a sense of worry as we know that something will happen.

Overall The Grand Budapest Hotel is aesthetically pleasing and with quick witted humour and a dedicated cast it is very difficult not to enjoy it. Be prepared for quirky one lines "shaking like a shitting dog.", fast panning cameras and bright colours. 

Have a wonderful stay at the Grand Budapest Hotel!

my wish list

my wish list


Biker jacket
piperlime.gap.com


White lace vest
$13 - selectfashion.co.uk


Short shorts
etsy.com



Nocturne multi colored beaded necklace
$300 - coggles.com




Late nights always end in me scanning the internet drooling over clothes I can't afford. I know I can find cheaper versions of this, I can sniff a bargain! So here is my wish list to pull me through Spring to Summer. I am in love with the boho prints that are coming in. Beats the sickly pastels!

A day without instagramming, hash tagging and liking.


Okay, so it's not a FULL day but it is the majority of the day. I woke up on Sunday morning to a partied out flat and my phone in the kitchen. In a bowl in the kitchen. In a bowl full of water in the kitchen. It's safe to say my phone is no more. 

Spring Time Pastels

As years pass do you find fashion to be repetitive? It's not a bad thing, means now nothing goes out of fashion. But that means those pastels are back. You either love them or hate them. Those candy colours, minty greens, baby pinks, sorbet yellow. It just screams spring. Or in my mind, sickening.

I don't understand how in any way they can by flattering when you're as pale as me. I'm from Scotland for goodness sake! Sun? What is this thing I keep hearing? Sounds like a scam. 
These pastels wash me out and as if I didn't look young enough, throw on a baby blue dress and I suddenly become a 10 year old. Is it a myth that you have to be skinny to pull it off? Because I am not, I've got thighs, bum and a bit of a tum. 

Don't get me wrong, they can look nice and after hours of looking at home designs on pintrest, I would like a pastel themed room.



How do you make your pastels come together and still look as if you just walked out of a lookbook account? I look like I've just walked out of Toys R Us. Delightful. So how do you make it work?