Director: Wes Anderson
Writers: Stefan Zweig (inspired by the works of), Wes Anderson (story)
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric
Wes Anderson movies are like a lovingly-stocked curio cabinet: engaging to look at and fascinating to marvel about. Ralph Fiennes heads up the cast of zany eccentrics as the concierge of the titular establishment. He includes the new Lobby Boy on his escapades, which include stealing a painting, escaping from prison and eluding the invading forces. Visually, this is a symmetrical delight: the locations are gorgeous and the detail is exquisite. The deadpan dialogue and comical staging keeps the pacing on its toes. If you enjoy cinema that’s more about form than content, you’ll find this hotel a lovely place to visit. Stay thru the credits to enjoy an animated man dancing to a delightful song.
GAY ANGLE: Fiennes’ character is an intriguing mix of sweet, effete and probably bi.
Muppets Most Wanted
Director: James Bobin
Writers: James Bobin, Nicholas Stoller
Stars: Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey
The Muppets get a new manager (Ricky Gervais) who promises them success in Europe, but is really out to stage a massive heist (along with a Kermit imposter). The plot is just an excuse for each character to do its bit and to allow a few famous people to pop up for cameos. The human stars, including Tina Fey & Ty Burrell, are working hard to be funny, but don’t generate lots of laffs. There are plenty of fun moments and some cute, catchy tunes by Bret McKenzie, but the script isn’t that sassy. While the movie is energetic and entertaining, it falls short of being as funny as it could. NOTE: There’s a zany short from the “Monsters” franchise before the feature.
GAY ANGLE: The prison number from “A Chorus Line” is about as gay as this gets.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.