Modern Tempted/Harlequin KISS author Heidi Rice surprises herself by going totally overboard about Wes Anderson's latest comic gem.
Now, I should first of all admit that this movie surprised me for a number of reasons. Firstly, I've never really 'got' Wes Anderson. He's the guy behind star-studded indie favourites Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom, among others, all of which I've seen and all of which just made me think... Um WTF? I totally didn't get what was so marvellous about them. They made me grin in a few places, but I was squirming in my seat with boredom by the end. The other thing I've never understood is the appeal of Ralph Fiennes (pronounced Rafe Fines... because, why? is he French or something?). Seriously, do not get me started on what an epic pompous bore I thought The English Patient was...
Anyway, the trailer to The Grand Budapest Hotel did tickle my fancy so, when one of my mates suggested it for a Saturday afternoon cinema date, I decided to forego my prejudices and give both Wes and Rafe (spelt Ralph) another try... But I was expecting to be seriously underwhelmed. Boy, was I wrong (*smacks forehead in astonishment*).
And Fiennes is a revelation. He really should do more comedy. That's all I'm saying. Go see it.. And here's that trailer to get you in the mood.
Heidi is currently hard at work on her 2nd Cosmo Red Hot Read... Her first is out now on ebook, while her new Modern Tempted/Harlequin KISS book Beach Bar Baby is out in June. You can chat with her via her blog, FB, Twitter (@HeidiRomRice) and on her website. For more of her film musings check out her Harlequin POP film review book Movie Bliss: A Hopeless Romantic Seeks Movies to Love for a bargain 99p/99c