By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 13, 2014 at 3:10PM
Clearly Wes Anderson is doing something right. He broke box-office records last weekend when "The Grand Budapest Hotel" opened in four theaters. Will it do as well when it goes wide this weekend? No worries.
Why? He's got rave reviews (87 Metascore), a fabulous comedy ensemble led by Ralph Fiennes, and an enjoyably escapist blast from the past. We started out our SXSW interview talking about my flipcam, which led to his explaining his aesthetic, which has been described as very controlled.
In the video below Anderson describes how his detailed Retro-Euro concoction came to evolve after "The Fantastic Mr. Fox," why Fiennes was the right guy for concierge M. Gustave, how composer Alexandre Desplat set the tone, and what exactly is a funicular.