As impeccably crafted and meticulously designed as every Wes Anderson film is, they wouldn’t be so much fun if there weren’t a host of colorful personalities running amuck.
The eccentric auteur is known for populating his dollhouses with a recurring troop of actors skilled in the art of deadpan delivery – Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson among them – but his latest feature, The Grand Budapest Hotel, brings back so many previous visitors to the Anderson-verse – and mixes them with other thespians known for their larger than life screen personas – well, it’s fair to say, this looks to be the most Anderson-y movie he’s made yet.
Plot-wise, Grand Budapest Hotel is told from the perspective of Zero Moustafa – lesser-known Tony Revolori as a boy, Oscar-winner F. Murray Abraham (Homeland) as an older man – who recounts his misadventures when he was young, serving under the regal M. Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes) at the eponymous establishment in a landlocked European country during the 1920s.
The first trailer dances around the key story elements (a stolen Renaissance painting and battle for a recently-deceased matriarch’s fortune), without spoiling too much ahead of time. By comparison, the second trailer highlights the many players who serve as the chess pieces in Anderson and co-writer Hugo Guiness’ caper/comedy script, while still capturing the film’s zest and sense of mischief as well as its predecessor does.
For another look at the film’s cast, check out the new poster (via Empire):
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In addition to the aforementioned stars, the Grand Budapest Hotel cast also includes Saoirse Ronan (How to Catch a Monster), Edward Norton (Moonrise Kingdom), Jude Law (Don Hemingway), Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive), Willem Dafoe (Out of the Furnace), Adrien Brody (Midnight in Paris), Harvey Keitel (The Congress), Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color), Jeff Goldblum (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou),and Tom Wilkinson (The Lone Ranger) – many of whom have featured in past Anderson creations.
Whimsy and quirk aside, Grand Budapest Hotel seems on the same level as Anderson’s previous work – a fable about changes in Europe during the aftermath of WWI that is heavily informed by cinema history and related cultural influences, as filtered through the innocence of youth’s worldview. Thankfully, the storyteller’s playful spirit looks to carry over through his latest.
The Grand Budapest Hotel opens in theaters on March 7th, 2014.