‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Trailer & Poster: Wes Anderson European Quirk

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A life spent as a hotel lobby boy in a landlocked Eastern European country sounds dull – save for when the hotel in question is under the management of Wes Anderson. Such is the case with The Grand Budapest Hotel, the titular central location of his latest film. If the freshly-released trailer (see above) has anything to say on the matter, hauling around luggage for wealthy guests never looked quite so exciting. (Or so impeccably staged and designed.)

The trailer arrives after months of waiting, following an official story detail announcement (which in turn hit the web after months of hemming and hawing over Anderson’s stunning ensemble cast, which starts with Ralph Fiennes, continues with tons of Anderson mainstays, and ends with newcomer Tony Revolori). For those in a hurry, the footage can be summed up as “everything you’d expect from Wes Anderson,” but that boils down the delights The Grand Budapest Hotel has in store for us to the bare essentials.

Sure, all of Anderson’s usual flourishes are in plain view here – his controlled dollhouse aesthetic most of all, and his knack for drawing out a dry punchline just enough to enhance its impact. He also appears to be in full-on caper mode – none too surprising given that the film comes to us straight after his widely praised 2013 effort, Moonrise Kingdom, which is one big, youthful escapade wrapped around a story of innocence lost.

For reference, here’s The Grand Budapest Hotel‘s full synopsis:

The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century.

What we see here actually looks a good deal more straightforward than the plot summary reads. In fact, based on the trailer, the picture appears to mostly revolve around the murder of a hotel patron, which Gustave (Fiennes, in top form) ends up being implicated in. (Technically, he implicates himself, which is why it’s never smart to run from the cops.) Everything else may just
trickle out of that turn of events, but it’s hard to judge by a single trailer.


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Packaged along with the trailer is The Grand Budapest Hotel‘s theatrical poster, which similarly captures Anderson’s careful, deliberate sense of style. It looks like a combination of Norman Rockwell and Renaissance paintings, which probably sums up his perspective as a filmmaker quite handily.

But that’s not all: the film also has a release date on the books. The bad news, of course, is that it falls on the next calendar year, but the good news is that March 7th, 2014 isn’t all that far off, so The Grand Budapest Hotel may be the first release of the new year worth getting really excited for. (Assuming Anderson is your cup of tea, that is.)


The Grand Budapest Hotel opens on March 7th, 2014.

Source: Fox Searchlight

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  1. Love me some Wes Anderson! Will be seeing opening night.

  2. Yawn*
    It will start great then become tiresome and pretentious in half an hour just like every Wes Anderson movie except bottle rocket
    That movie was just awesome

    • I think that The Royal Tenenbaums was tiresome and pretentious for the majority of the film but had some heart in the end.

      I didn’t find his other films to be tiresome at all. Especially Fantastic Mr Fox, Bottle Rocket, and Steve Zissou. Those are my faves of his films.

      • Before I went to see moonrise kingdom, I decided to watch each of his movies in chronological order so…
        I started with bottle rocket on Netflix… Great movie
        Then I rented Rushmore, pretentious, boring with a main character whom you can’t connect with, a freaking a**hole
        Then I rented royal tennebaums because everyone says its his best movie… It was worst than Rushmore… I was asleep after 30 minutes… Pretentious and full of characters impossible to connect with… I wouldnt be able to stay in one room with them without seeing myself punching them
        Then it was the life aquatic with Steve Zissou, holy sh*t that was more pretentious and boring than his last movie… Bill Murray was the only good thing in his last two movies, but in this one, he was ridiculously bad
        Then while searching for something to watch on a Saturday night, I caught the The Darjeeling Limited on the sundance channel, holy sh*t that movie was soulless, it was like the actors were saying their lines at gunpoint
        That was the last strike, I didn’t buy a ticket for moonrise kingdom
        2 weeks ago, I caught moonrise kingdom on HBO, and I said to myself why not… 40 minutes into the movie I was sleeping only to be awaken by my mom… It was midnight and Michael Fassbinder was moaning loud on my screen (shame was on)

        I can’t connect with Wes Anderson
        I don’t understand the slow motions scenes in his movies, I don’t understand all those bright colors on screen, I don’t understand the need to kill animals or children in his movies, I don’t understand why the soundtrack never fits the movie… Etc…
        But I gotta admit bottle rocket was one of the greatest movie I’ve ever seen
        So I don’t know what happened after that

        • Well, maybe after the fourth one you hated you should’ve stop there, as you said you can’t connect with the guy so why bother?

  3. Another Wes Anderson movie to cure my insomnia

  4. I have only seen Bottle Rocket and Moonrise Kingdom and I really liked them both, and this looks pretty good to. I would like to check out some of his other films eventually.

    • @ Draagyn you should start with Fantastic Mr Fox and the other ones I previously mentioned. I love all his movies. Also Rushmore! I forgot to mention that one specifically in the other comment. That one is also very good.

  5. Moonrise Kingdom was amazing! I’ll be in line for this.

  6. I love the actors that keep popping up in Wes Anderson’s films.