Thursday, March 27, 2014

Alamo Drafthouse: The Grand Budapest Hotel

After our Jailbreak Run, Gerred and I drove out to Austin to visit the Alamo Drafthouse, a theater chain that has been dubbed the "Best Theater Ever" by Time Magazine and "#1 Theater in America" by Entertainment Weekly. Why? Because this theater has a bar and restaurant set into the cinema. It even caters to quote-a-longs and sing-a-longs and shows cult and classic films.

Gerred and I made the trek to see The Grand Budapest Hotel because both of us became big Wes Anderson films after seeing Moonrise Kingdom. We began to gobble up more of his work soon after like Fantastic Mr. Fox, Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Royal Tenenbaums, and Rushmore. Obviously, we still need to see Bottle Rocket. The Grand Budapest Hotel fits the Wes Anderson feel. This one is particularly hilarious and dark.

It was great to see the reoccuring Wes Anderson cast of Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Edward Norton. I love how it's a story within a story within a story. I also loved that the countries of Austria, Germany, and Budapest were combined into one "Lutz" during the 1930's where he combines both wars into "the war." He'd created his own history of one we all know.

Alamo Drafthouse provided us with the key cross club pins and we ordered Mendl's pastries from the movie and delightful movie-themed cocktails to have with the film. In the end we got to dress up like the characters Zero and Agatha.I would love to visit a theater like this again and definitely recommend the film to you all.
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1 comment:

  1. I would absolutely LOVE to make it to the Alamo Drafthouse some day! I've heard such great things about it, and considering how often we go to the movies think it would be amazing. Although I'm not quite sure we could afford going there every weekend!