I'm back with more express reviews! I've been to the cinema quite a lot lately because they have this promotion of tickets at 5€ instead of the usual almost 9€, and I've rediscovered the local library, so hopefully more express reviews will come soon.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
"What is a Lobby Boy? A Lobby Boy's completely invisible, yet always in sight. A Lobby Boy remembers what people hate. A Lobby Boy anticipates the client's needs before the needs are needed. A Lobby Boy is, above all, discreet to a fault."
The Wolf of Wall Street
How to Train your Dragon 2
Five years after the events of HTTYD, the inhabitants of the island of Berk have learned to work together with dragons instead of hunting them down. However, not all vikings have dropped the old habits, so it's up to Hiccup and Toothless to fight a villain who wants to control dragons for his destructive aims.
Despite a couple of flaws and clichés here and there, I liked the sequel better because, in a way, I prefer the "let's work together" narrative better than the "pretending to be someone that you're not and liar revealed" narrative. The animation and the music are beautiful, there is humour and drama, and the message they are trying to get across is not as "on your face" as I expected for a kids' film. Actually, I think both children and adults can enjoy it. Unless you're a smartass teenager (here's looking at you, kid who was sitting next to us and couldn't shut up during the whole screening).
Short Term 12
Maleficent wasn't always bad, and this is the "real" story of the fairy tale that we all know. This is wrong in so many ways that it deserves a whole entry to itself. With animated gifs and rage memes. Coming soon. Maybe.
Dani, a Basque cook, finds a job at a famous restaurant in Zurich and soon makes friends and falls in love with Hanna, the restaurant's sommelier. Despite the fact that he has a girlfriend back home and that she is having an affaire with their boss, the chef Thomas Wackerle, Dani doesn't give up on his pursuit to make Hanna love him back.
A Spanish film that is actually decent? Really? Really. Although most of it is in English and has some German and Spanish here and there. I was expecting a cheesy, Hollywood-style romantic comedy and what I found was a story about love but also about feeling alone. I related to the character of Dani, an immigrant to a snowy land and feeling that he doesn't really belong there, and, despite the slight disappointment that I felt as the credits rolled, the ending of the story is what had to be.