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Starring Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody & Jude Law

Rating 10/10

As I write this post I’m trying really, really hard not to gobble down two trays of macaroons, they’re THAT good! Now, they’re not exactly like the fancy-pants macarons featured in The Grand Budapest Hotel but who wants to cook a super-difficult biscuit just before an awesome movie? No one that’s who.

Love a good old messy recipe page

Love a good old messy recipe page

I’ve taken the easy way out and cooked my good old granny’s recipe of  Coconut Macaroons to match this amazing movie. But first things first, here’s my review to get you excited about the movie and THEN we’ll get to the awesome recipe. Are you ready to roll?

You can find the plot here if you have no idea what the film is about or you can watch it completely fresh and new, with no idea what the heck is going on (I love doing that).

Arty, beautiful, quirky, intriguing – this movie is all those things and more. It has the feel of past films by Director, Wes Anderson like Fantastic Mr Fox and The Royal Tenenbaums but this one is his masterpiece. Each scene has been carefully crafted, the camera lingering so the audience can admire the detail and the beauty. You’d think that would slow down the story (in a wanky look-at-me kinda way) but it doesn’t.

This film draws you in from the very first scene with its bright colours, unpredictable characters and the story itself, full of surprises. The cast is a lovely mix of relative unknown performers to seasoned, super-famous faces you’ll enjoy recognising, pointing at the screen, saying “Oh,that’s Edward Norton/Bill Murray/Tilda Swinton …” How clever of you!

Like a play, the movie is divided into four parts and an epilogue, adding to its uniqueness and keeping the audience on the edge of their seat with excitement – “What’s gonna happen next?” Part drama, part comedy – nah, let’s call it grey-black comedy with splashes of beautiful retro colours thrown in for good measure. This is a brilliant film, an Oscar-worthy film, fingers crossed it gets Best Picture in March.

The Grand Budapest Hotel trivia:

  • Budget – $30 million
  • Saoirse Ronan, who play Agatha, claims making the sweets (macarons) was the hardest thing she’s ever had to do… which is why I ain’t making them!
  • A department store in Görlitz, on the border of Germany & Poland was turned into the Grand Budapest Hotel. 
  • Director, Wes Anderson wanted Johnny Depp in the role of Gustav, that eventually went to Ralph Fiennes.
  • This is Bill Murray’s 7th movie with Anderson.
  • Look out for a sneaky cameo by none other than George Clooney in the shoot out scene.
  • Nominated for an incredible 9 Oscars – can’t wait to see how many this great movie will take home.
  • This is the first movie directed by Wes Anderson to be nominated for an Oscar (see my list of Best Picture winning movies here).

Feeling peckish? Before you kick off your shoes to watch this crazy-good film, whip up a batch of my granny’s fabbo Coconut Macaroons to chomp on while watching, then you’ll really feel a part of this film. Here’s the recipe:

The Grand Budapest Hotel has its own matching snack!

The Grand Budapest Hotel has its own matching snack!

Coconut Macaroons 

2 cups coconut
2 Tbspn cornflour
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 pinches of salt
2 teas vanilla essence (I used vanilla extract from Mojos)

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  • Preheat oven to 150 degrees celsius (or around 300 F).
  • Line 2 trays with baking paper.
  • Mix coconut, cornflour and sugar together.
  • Beat eggs, salt and vanilla in a separate bowl.
  • Combine with dry ingredients and place rough heaps on trays.
The rougher the better, easier said than done!

The rougher the better, easier said than done!

  • Cook for 15 minutes or whenever golden and cooked through.
  • Leave on trays to cool (or eat hot, whatever takes your fancy).
One is never enough

One is never enough

Eat and enjoy with the amazing, the beautiful, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

What movie do you think will win Best Picture this year?

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