Wes Anderson may have out-Wes Andersoned himself with his upcoming film The Grand Budapest Hotel. Along with the cast of Anderson regulars (pretty much EVERY regular) the film features his eclectic visual style, a plucky, upbeat soundtrack, and characters that are the very definition of quirk. Basically longtime fans of Anderson will be delighted and those who are skeptical are likely to remain so.
The Grand Budapest Hotel trailer premiered today and it is just delightful. Written and directed by Anderson, the film tells the story of Gustave H., an eccentric hotel concierge, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his confidant. After wooing and bedding numerous aging socialites, Gustave becomes tangled in a family plot when one of his partners turns up dead. The rest of the plot appears to feature a hunt for a missing painting, a prison break, and a lot of awkward conversations among the super-rich.
Based on the trailer, the film appears to be shot in 4:3 (or 1.33:1) aspect ratio, as opposed to the more traditional widescreen formats. Anderson shot it in 35mm and it looks absolutely gorgeous.
The cast features Ralph Fiennes as Gustave H. and Tony Revolori as Zero. The supporting cast includes Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Owen Wilson, Jude Law, Lea Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Mathieu Almaric, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, F. Murray Abraham, Tom Wilkinson, and Bob Balaban. This insane cast lists makes it appear that it will be something of an ensemble film.
Check out the trailer below and let me know your thoughts in the comments!