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The Grand Budapest Hotel, Hollywood English Film Movie Review, Johnson Thomas, Rating: * * * 1/2

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Hollywood English Film Movie Review, Johnson Thomas, Rating: * * * 1/2



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#GrandBudapestHotel(English) Rating: * * * ½  Richly composed fantasy of a fictional cinematic universe, enriched by an intricate tale of a glorious grand hotel and it’s mainstays, in Republic of Zubrowka, dating back to 1920’s. Wes Anderson’s stray outing, is a quasi dark adventure thriller that is fast paced, and idiosyncratically humorous , fronted by accomplished actors in impeccable form. A must-see for lovers of cinema! #RalphFiennes #WesAnderson #EdwardNorton #AdrienBrody #TildaSwinton #WillemDafoe #SoairseRonan #ParagDesai #20thcenturyFoxStar #UniversalPR

English Film review
Johnson Thomas     
 A marvelously rich bouquet
Film: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Cast: Ralph Fiennes , Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, Tony Revolori, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson
Director: Wes Anderson                                
Rating: * * * ½
Synopsis: A hotel concierge is bequeathed a valuable painting after the death of one of his lovers – much to the chagrin of her family.
Review:
This is a Wes Anderson film after all and there’s much more to the story than the simplistic premise. The creative juices of the celebrated director/writer are at it’s apex. This may be a different genre from the usual Wes Anderson product, yet there’s a whole lot of class and skill involved in the telling of it to make it a much more satisfying and involving watch than the regular dark-comedy-thrillers we’ve been subjected to at regular intervals. This film is a bounty of sorts in that respect. It’s been exquisitely framed, beautifully composed, compellingly toned and effectively paced. Comedy, drama, music, writing ,structure and action are all superbly ingrained. In fact the action chops, are breathtaking and there are quite a few to make you salivate with the thrills experienced thereof.
The film’s fictitious universe dates back to the 1920’s in the Republic of Zubrowka which houses the significantly impressive and historic Grand Budapest hotel. It’s a lavish establishment with an old world charm that attracts older women who come there solely to be entertained by Monsieur Gustave H’s(Ralph Fiennes) companionship. Of course as part of his many duties he also provides them sexual comfort. So the women are much obliged. Gustave is a character. He is reputedly the smoothest concierge in all of Europe - charming, very propah in his graces, respectful and even loving  to some of his guests.
 

come solely for Monsieur Gustave H.’s (Ralph Fiennes) companionship. Gustave is the smoothest hotel concierge in all of Europe, and it’s easy to see why: he’s charming, he treats his clientele with the jumps around a few different moments in time, but it’s mainly set in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka during the 1920s. Zubrowka is the home of The Grand Budapest Hotel, a lavish establishment visited by old ladies who utmost respect, and, at least in some cases, he genuinely loves his guests.
His favorite, Madame D(Tilda Swinton), a woman in her 80s who depends on Gustave to take away her cares, is murdered soon after her visit to the hotel. Anf gustave is the No. 1 suspect. Madame D’s will is read and Gustave is mentioned as the beneficiary of a priceless painting  titled ‘Boy with Apple.’ Her family including a son Dmitri(Adrien Brody) and three daughters are not amused. So Gustave is chased by Dmitri’s ruthless sidekick Jopling (Willem Dafoe), and is also wanted for murder by fascists led by Edward Norton. Gustave is forced to prove his innocence with the help of his lobby boy, Zero (Tony Revolori) who later on goes on to become the sole heir to the grand Budapest hotel. Therein lies another story told in flashback and the two intermingle as Gustave and his faithful Zero plan a grand escape with the help of an underground network of hotel operatives and finally manage to stay on the right side of the law.
The film opens with a young woman in what is now the former Republic of Zubrowka, visiting a grave labelled Author, its headstone festooned with hotel room keys. Thereafter we are treated to a rewind, author (Tom Wilkinson) in his study in 1985, telling of his visit to the Grand Budapest in 1968.
So the story begins with the author as a younger man,played by Jude Law, as he meets the hotel’s mysterious owner, Mr. Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham). The author is curious to know why Moustafa, phenomenally rich man, still stays in the servants quarter of the hotel he owns. And over a meal, the history unfolds. Budapest Hotel.
It’s 1932 when Gustave comes across the new recruit lobby boy Zero. And from thereon it’s a pummeling adventure.
Not all characters in the film are defined beyond the rudimentary. Agatha(Saorise Ronan), though crucial to the storytelling, has the most piecemeal back story. The romance between Zero and Agatha is also not seen as much as heard of. But structurally and visually there is pleantiful happening. This crime caper is both heart-stoppingly beautiful and just as thrilling. There’s idiosyncratic humor to be had and the performances are all of a high order. There’s an underlying sadness in the overall tone, much like in Andersons’s earlier work ‘Moonrise kingdom,’ which makes the experience that much more affecting. This is a film for those who love cinema in it’s truest form!

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Hollywood English Film Movie Review, Johnson Thomas, Rating: * * * 1/2

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Hollywood English Film Movie Review, Johnson Thomas, Rating: * * * 1/2



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#GrandBudapestHotel(English) Rating: * * * ½  Richly composed fantasy of a fictional cinematic universe, enriched by an intricate tale of a glorious grand hotel and it’s mainstays, in Republic of Zubrowka, dating back to 1920’s. Wes Anderson’s stray outing, is a quasi dark adventure thriller that is fast paced, and idiosyncratically humorous , fronted by accomplished actors in impeccable form. A must-see for lovers of cinema! #RalphFiennes #WesAnderson #EdwardNorton #AdrienBrody #TildaSwinton #WillemDafoe #SoairseRonan #ParagDesai #20thcenturyFoxStar #UniversalPR

English Film review
Johnson Thomas     
 A marvelously rich bouquet
Film: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Cast: Ralph Fiennes , Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, Tony Revolori, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson
Director: Wes Anderson                                
Rating: * * * ½
Synopsis: A hotel concierge is bequeathed a valuable painting after the death of one of his lovers – much to the chagrin of her family.
Review:
This is a Wes Anderson film after all and there’s much more to the story than the simplistic premise. The creative juices of the celebrated director/writer are at it’s apex. This may be a different genre from the usual Wes Anderson product, yet there’s a whole lot of class and skill involved in the telling of it to make it a much more satisfying and involving watch than the regular dark-comedy-thrillers we’ve been subjected to at regular intervals. This film is a bounty of sorts in that respect. It’s been exquisitely framed, beautifully composed, compellingly toned and effectively paced. Comedy, drama, music, writing ,structure and action are all superbly ingrained. In fact the action chops, are breathtaking and there are quite a few to make you salivate with the thrills experienced thereof.
The film’s fictitious universe dates back to the 1920’s in the Republic of Zubrowka which houses the significantly impressive and historic Grand Budapest hotel. It’s a lavish establishment with an old world charm that attracts older women who come there solely to be entertained by Monsieur Gustave H’s(Ralph Fiennes) companionship. Of course as part of his many duties he also provides them sexual comfort. So the women are much obliged. Gustave is a character. He is reputedly the smoothest concierge in all of Europe - charming, very propah in his graces, respectful and even loving  to some of his guests.
 

come solely for Monsieur Gustave H.’s (Ralph Fiennes) companionship. Gustave is the smoothest hotel concierge in all of Europe, and it’s easy to see why: he’s charming, he treats his clientele with the jumps around a few different moments in time, but it’s mainly set in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka during the 1920s. Zubrowka is the home of The Grand Budapest Hotel, a lavish establishment visited by old ladies who utmost respect, and, at least in some cases, he genuinely loves his guests.
His favorite, Madame D(Tilda Swinton), a woman in her 80s who depends on Gustave to take away her cares, is murdered soon after her visit to the hotel. Anf gustave is the No. 1 suspect. Madame D’s will is read and Gustave is mentioned as the beneficiary of a priceless painting  titled ‘Boy with Apple.’ Her family including a son Dmitri(Adrien Brody) and three daughters are not amused. So Gustave is chased by Dmitri’s ruthless sidekick Jopling (Willem Dafoe), and is also wanted for murder by fascists led by Edward Norton. Gustave is forced to prove his innocence with the help of his lobby boy, Zero (Tony Revolori) who later on goes on to become the sole heir to the grand Budapest hotel. Therein lies another story told in flashback and the two intermingle as Gustave and his faithful Zero plan a grand escape with the help of an underground network of hotel operatives and finally manage to stay on the right side of the law.
The film opens with a young woman in what is now the former Republic of Zubrowka, visiting a grave labelled Author, its headstone festooned with hotel room keys. Thereafter we are treated to a rewind, author (Tom Wilkinson) in his study in 1985, telling of his visit to the Grand Budapest in 1968.
So the story begins with the author as a younger man,played by Jude Law, as he meets the hotel’s mysterious owner, Mr. Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham). The author is curious to know why Moustafa, phenomenally rich man, still stays in the servants quarter of the hotel he owns. And over a meal, the history unfolds. Budapest Hotel.
It’s 1932 when Gustave comes across the new recruit lobby boy Zero. And from thereon it’s a pummeling adventure.
Not all characters in the film are defined beyond the rudimentary. Agatha(Saorise Ronan), though crucial to the storytelling, has the most piecemeal back story. The romance between Zero and Agatha is also not seen as much as heard of. But structurally and visually there is pleantiful happening. This crime caper is both heart-stoppingly beautiful and just as thrilling. There’s idiosyncratic humor to be had and the performances are all of a high order. There’s an underlying sadness in the overall tone, much like in Andersons’s earlier work ‘Moonrise kingdom,’ which makes the experience that much more affecting. This is a film for those who love cinema in it’s truest form!

Kick , Hindi Bollywood Film Movie Review, Johnson Thomas, Rating: * *

#Kick(Hindi) Rating: * * Sajid Nadiadwala’s much publicized directorial debut starring his favorite- the inimitable Khan, is basically a patchy ,ill-defined, masala-fried  show-reel propounding Salman’s richness of heart(much like ‘Jai Ho’ in that respect), while riding rough-shod over technique, script, narrative, action, dialogues and all else. Sajid appears to be paying homage to his bestie here and Salman is allowed free-rein to do whatsoever he wants. And mind you, it’s not a pretty sight! While the production values and international locations add luster, the ridiculous choppy action and bloated over-the-top performances make you want to kick yourself for watching what amounts to a ego centered cinematic selfie!   #SalmanKhan #JacquelineFernandez  #NawazuddinSiddiqui #SajidNadiadwala #RandeepHooda  #SpicePR 


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Running on Empty
Film: Kick
Cast: Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Randeep Hooda, Saurabh Shukla
Director: Sajid Nadiadwala
Rating: *  *
 This one is for the brotherhood of inter-dependence. Sajid Nadiadwala has since long depended on Salman Khan’s star strength to do the trick for his productions and it’s been a ‘kick’ all along. So this film, ‘Kick’ , a remake of a south film, with Sajid donning the roles of Producer and debuting as Director, gives his hero a no-holds-barred license to  ad-lib his way through the weirdest of antics ever seen in cinema.  Salman acts as he pleases, utters his silly dialogues with trademark simpering impudence, dances with raw unpolished fervor, does the item grind in crude fashion, and action in a style that comes across as ridiculously fake.  It’s basically Salman in full flow, riding on a sky-high ego and brandishing ‘hearty’ elements from his own life

The script attributed to Story writer Sajid Nadiadwala, Chetan Bhagat and  Rajat Arora is a no-show here. There really isn’t much of it other than blotchy strands of threadbare plot intertwined with song and dance routines and rudimentary action. Much of the opening segment of the film takes on the ubiquitous job of explaining what ‘kick’ means. After some ridiculous exposition exposure you come to the conclusion that “kick’ is all about adrenaline rushes that the hero needs to keep him going.  Incredibly inane sequences foloow  just to establish that outlandish concept.   
Devi Lal Singh(Salman Khan) is the everyman hero who not only helps young lovers elope but does it with canny control, much like a ring master does with his performing animals in a circus. That analogy is unfortunately quite appropriate for what transpires on screen here in the name of commercial cinema. The opening sequence has Devi piloting a weird looking hatchback attached motor-cycle with three passengers -a runaway couple and the bride’s beautiful Psychiatrist friend, Shaina(Jacqueline) through the bustling by-lanes of old Delhi. While he performs this showy escape act, he is also making time to call the bride’s Mother, a  foul mouthed politician, informing her of his latest position en-route to the mandir. He also waits for her to reach the anointed place before he ferrets out the mangalsutra for the auspicious event. The bride is grateful for his intervention and explains his two-timing act away by claiming she wanted her mother to attend the sacred nuptials. Thus our hero is anointed the do-gooder. But ‘ Being human’ is not nearly enough to make his brand shine. He has to wear a ‘Zorro’ outfit replete with mask, black outfit, leather accessories and perform even more freakish dare-devilry in the name of charity before he can proclaim his own super-importance to the  stumped and stupefied audience. Yeah. You guessed it. This film is merely a monumentally expensive show reel for a star who appears to have waylaid his shine. There’s no other explanation for such monstrously immature antics’ passed off as ‘performance’ on screen.
Sajid Nadiadwala , in his all out efforts to please his ‘muse’ even includes an animated segment explaining away the incredible precociousness of this wonder child born to incorrigible parents(Mithun Chakraborty & Archana Puran Singh). The wonder boy also assumes the role of ‘Devil’ a masked bandit who loots the rich to save the poor. And before he becomes ‘Devil’ he falls for the beautiful Psychiatrist, gets her Dad(Saurabh Shukla) to agree to the match and then for the flimsiest of reasons abandons her for murkier pursuits. So smitten childhood friend and good cop Himanshu (Randeep Hooda)  who is hot-in-pursuit of the ‘Devil’ is allowed brief moments of  stilted romance with Shaina before the inevitable happens…
The oft repeated explanation for Salman’s trademark illogic is that his fans love him irrespective. But that’s no longer the truth. .. “Jai Ho’ did not really do as well as the trade pundits proclaimed and previous to that, his endorsement of Modi, alienated a large chunk of his traditional fan base.  The ‘Id’ effect is also not likely to help much because it falls on a Tuesday, two days beyond the weekend when most films take a huge dip. So ‘Kick’ will have to brave not only it’s own lack of credibility as an all-out entertainer but also the waning popularity of the ageing star. But of course that will not stop the marketing machinery from going all out to brandish the film as a huge hit. So beware..!
 Salman no longer looks as fresh faced nor is he as agile as he was two films ago. In ‘Kick’ he is chunkier and also seems pretty much afraid to expose his once, much vaunted muscled abs. In this film his freestyle dancing, absurd facial twitches and clunky moments make him look less of an all-conquering hero. The incoherence, the sloppily picturised masala elements, the  implausible narrative jumps, the sheer waste of talent (Saurabh Shukla. Randeep Hooda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui all going over-the-top) makes the experience even more ugly.  The only ‘Kick’ you are likely to experience here, is the severe pain in your backside after two hours and 29 minutes of such utterly irresponsible and corrupted cine exposure!

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#GrandBudapestHotel(English) Rating: * * * ½  Richly composed fantasy of a fictional cinematic universe, enriched by an intricate tale of a glorious grand hotel and it’s mainstays, in Republic of Zubrowka, dating back to 1920’s. Wes Anderson’s stray outing, is a quasi dark adventure thriller that is fast paced, and idiosyncratically humorous , fronted by accomplished actors in impeccable form. A must-see for lovers of cinema! #RalphFiennes #WesAnderson #EdwardNorton #AdrienBrody #TildaSwinton #WillemDafoe #SoairseRonan #ParagDesai #20thcenturyFoxStar #UniversalPR

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#Kick(Hindi) Rating: * * Sajid Nadiadwala’s much publicized directorial debut starring his favorite- the inimitable Khan, is basically a patchy ,ill-defined, masala-fried  show-reel propounding Salman’s richness of heart(much like ‘Jai Ho’ in that respect), while riding rough-shod over technique, script, narrative, action, dialogues and all else. Sajid appears to be paying homage to his bestie here and Salman is allowed free-rein to do whatsoever he wants. And mind you, it’s not a pretty sight! While the production values and international locations add luster, the ridiculous choppy action and bloated over-the-top performances make you want to kick yourself for watching what amounts to a ego centered cinematic selfie!   #SalmanKhan #JacquelineFernandez  #NawazuddinSiddiqui #SajidNadiadwala #RandeepHooda  #SpicePR  

#GrandBudapestHotel(English) Rating: * * * ½  Richly composed fantasy of a fictional cinematic universe, enriched by an intricate tale of a glorious grand hotel and it’s mainstays, in Republic of Zubrowka, dating back to 1920’s. Wes Anderson’s stray outing, is a quasi dark adventure thriller that is fast paced, and idiosyncratically humorous , fronted by accomplished actors in impeccable form. A must-see for lovers of cinema! #RalphFiennes #WesAnderson #EdwardNorton #AdrienBrody #TildaSwinton #WillemDafoe #SoairseRonan #ParagDesai #20thcenturyFoxStar #UniversalPR