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Watch: First Trailer For Wes Anderson's Quirky Ensemble Comedy 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

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by Edward Davis
October 17, 2013 10:00 AM
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Teased earlier this week with the poster, the trailer for Wes Anderson's eighth feature length effort, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" has finally arrived. The auteur has said several times in recent years that he has no plans to change up his famously idiosyncratic style. "My natural handwriting is neat and it is like my personality. Somewhere along the way I made this choice: I can force myself to not be what I feel I naturally am or I can just go with it and develop it," he said last year in Cannes. "[Repeating myself] is not something I think about. I really think about just the world of this movie, and what this one is going to be." And yes, this 'Grand Budapest Hotel' trailer is very Wes Anderson-y, showing off his second period piece following the '60s setting of "Moonrise Kingdom."

Here's the official synopsis:

"THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL" recounts the adventures of M. Gustave, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing continent.


The film stars Ralph Fiennes as Gustave H., the film's lead concierge, relatively unknown child actor Tony Revolori plays Zero Moustafa, F. Murray Abraham as the older Zero, Edward Norton has the role of Henckels, actor Mathieu Amalric is Serge, Saoirse Ronan plays Agatha and the all-star ensemble also includes Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Lea Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson.

Anderson said last year that "The Grand Budapest Hotel" was conceived with an old friend, not in the "movie business" and Monday's poster revealed that was Hugo Guinness: a London-born New York-based artist, illustrator, model and writer who did the voice of Farmer Bunce in Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox." Once again, Alexander Desplat has written the score for Anderson's latest and the film will arrive on March 7, 2014 which we're already speculating could mean a premiere in Berlin. And in case you're wondering, the film was apparently shot in three aspect ratios: 1.33, 1.85, and 2.35, though most of the trailer is shot in 1.33.

While we're on the subject of Anderson, much has been made about celebrating Anderson body of work lately thanks to Matt Zoller Seitz's new book, "The Wes Anderson Collection." With that in mind, we include below, a 40 minute Apple Store talk hosted by our EIC Rodrigo Perez in 2011 discussing the 10 year anniversary of "The Royal Tenenbaums." It's a pretty good conversation, if we say so ourselves. 

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44 Comments

  • Susanna | March 30, 2014 1:00 PMReply

    Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

  • Susanna | March 30, 2014 1:00 PMReply

    Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

  • Susanna | March 30, 2014 1:00 PMReply

    Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

  • susie | March 30, 2014 12:59 PMReply

    Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

  • susie | March 30, 2014 12:59 PMReply

    Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

  • susie | March 30, 2014 12:59 PMReply

    Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

  • viewer | March 30, 2014 12:59 PMReply

    Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

  • viewer | March 30, 2014 12:59 PMReply

    Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

  • viewer | March 30, 2014 12:58 PMReply

    Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

  • viewer | March 30, 2014 12:58 PMReply

    Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

  • viewer | March 30, 2014 12:58 PMReply

    Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

  • viewer | March 30, 2014 12:58 PMReply

    Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

  • viewer | March 30, 2014 12:58 PMReply

    Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

  • viewer | March 30, 2014 12:58 PMReply

    Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

  • viewer | March 30, 2014 12:58 PMReply

    Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

  • theend | October 18, 2013 11:00 AMReply

    The jokes seem particularly lame. Which is good, I guess, because in Moonrise Kingdom, the jokes were nonexistant (oh, Edward Norton wearing shorts...hilarious). I feel sad that so many people like this. But that's the world we live in, I guess.

  • Alan B | October 20, 2013 3:27 AM

    Now, I am sad that you are sad: it's all so very sad.

  • theendstrikesback | October 19, 2013 6:40 PM

    No, it's sad when they like a movie that is so culturally and intellectually vapid. And on such a large scale. That, to me, equals sad.

  • d | October 18, 2013 10:20 PM

    I know, it's so "sad" that people like a movie you don't.

  • Shawn Hambright | October 18, 2013 10:51 AMReply

    Do we really need to use the word "quirky" to describe any Wes Anderson film at this point? Seems redundant by now.

    Anyway, excited for this movie.

  • Yarnguy | October 18, 2013 7:57 AMReply

    No question, I'm looking forward to this, but as trailers go, this one's frustrating: everything moves by so quickly I'm having trouble grasping any particular moment. And I had to continually pause the reveal of the actor credits at the end. I feel like a *very* old person saying this... but why can't they slow things down every now and then, for the sake of us hard-to-graspers?

  • hank | October 18, 2013 5:41 AMReply

    shot in full frame aspect ratio??? okay!

  • Rob | October 17, 2013 5:58 PMReply

    Wes Anderson is like Woody Allen. They are both playing the same tune for the same upper-middle class audience. How much does Wes Anderson get to coast along making the same tired meticulously crafted movie wrapped up in bows with the same ass delayed-reaction hip ironic jokes? F*ck this movie. This guy is not saying or doing anything new at this point. And he's getting these gritty real actors like Kietel and Norton to play into this shii*iiitt? Saddening.

  • JTC | October 22, 2013 4:21 PM

    Really? Me and my friends are inner city folks (read black) and all of us love Wes Anderson.

  • d | October 17, 2013 8:08 PM

    many of his fans, myself included, are not anywhere close to "upper-middle class." but okay.

  • jimmiescoffee | October 17, 2013 4:33 PMReply

    "because I definitely don't approve of the painting of the nude females fingering each other's bushes." - cirkusfolk

    haha

  • 0_O | October 17, 2013 4:03 PMReply

    It's not fair, now I feel like time is slower that 5 minutes ago.

  • G.T.O. | October 17, 2013 3:30 PMReply

    Nice to see Ralph Fienness in a comedy role!

  • MDL | October 17, 2013 2:20 PMReply

    Okay, I'm in.

  • Anya | October 17, 2013 2:06 PMReply

    Oh gosh, I love it already.

  • cirkusfolk | October 17, 2013 12:51 PMReply

    I see this trailer wasn't approved by the MPAA because I definitely don't approve of the painting of the nude females fingering each other's bushes.

  • maurice | October 17, 2013 7:10 PM

    I seriously never expected anything regarding Egon Schiele in a Wes Anderson film, let alone a Schiele painting.

  • Hodge | October 17, 2013 5:27 PM

    OK, dad.

  • Trapeze | October 17, 2013 12:49 PMReply

    I don't know what to think. This is so Wes Anderson-y that it feels like a joke. I guess I'll turn out as usual, but I fear the man may be on a path up his own ass.

  • Yarnguy | October 18, 2013 7:54 AM

    Have to say I agree with you, Trapeze.

  • mary | October 17, 2013 5:49 PM

    Trust your gut. He's become a parody of himself.

  • A | October 17, 2013 12:20 PMReply

    Check out the birthmark on Ronan's character's cheek. It's in the shape of Mexico.

  • Mr. Theo | October 17, 2013 11:58 AMReply

    Looks good!

  • Matt | October 17, 2013 11:28 AMReply

    Two Edward Norton's? THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!

  • Sean | October 17, 2013 11:27 AMReply

    Okay Wes. You got me this time.

  • immature | October 17, 2013 11:27 AMReply

    sold

  • Mike | October 17, 2013 10:34 AMReply

    Wow, so Wes Anderson-y! And that means I can't wait for it.

  • Lars | October 17, 2013 10:30 AMReply

    That's F. Murray Abraham's voiceover in the trailer, so one presumes that he's the boy as an old man.

  • James | October 17, 2013 10:24 AMReply

    It has a March 7th release date, so berlin seems more likely

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