So established (and rigidly maintained) is Wes Anderson’s aesthetic as a director that both fans and detractors alike can more or less recognize an Anderson film by its opening credits font, let alone an actual scene of dialogue or imagery. And while his pastel-hued and character-quirked films have tried out an increasingly oddball series of scenarios to shake things up (trying it on a boat/ on a train/ in stop-motion/ with two kids on the run), one more or less knows what they’re getting when beginning a Wes Anderson film, or even a trailer for said film. And the first ad for The Grand Budapest Hotel is no different, though it is incredibly charming and funny, thanks mostly to an excellent Ralph Fiennes.
Featuring an absolutely lethal cast of stellar talent (Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Adrien Brody, Mathieu Amalric, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Tom Wilkinson, and Lea Seydoux), the story of The Grand Budapest Hotel tells the tale of Gustav H, a concierge at a European hotel, and his involvement in the death of a rich older woman and the dispersal of her fortune. Check it out:
While a lot of the trailer feels like Anderson-by-the-numbers, it never feels fatigued, bored with itself, or trapped within an increasingly narrow aesthetic, like some of his films (I’m looking at you, The Darjeeling Limited).
The Grand Budapest Hotel is set for a March 7, 2014 release.
What do you think of the trailer?