Sunday, 27 October 2013

"Take your hands off my lobby boy!"

Fox Searchlight have just released their first trailer and one sheet for The Grand Budapest Hotel. Welcome then to the most Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom) film ever. Let's check off the trademarks: we have a hyper saturated colour palette, characters positioned dead centre of the frame, gorgeous stylised environments, blandly outrageous statements, great humour, odd hairstyles and a sense of borderline farce. Not forgetting Bill Murray of course.

This trailer makes it clear that the story revolves around Ralph Fiennes' Gustave H, hotel manager and serial guest lover. His problems begin when a deceased client of a certain age (Tilda Swinton) turns up dead in the hotel and leaves him a valuable painting in her will – much to the distress of Adrien Brody's Dmitri.

Many Anderson regulars return, including good luck charm Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Jeff Goldblum and Jason Schwartzman. Also joining the cast are Saoirse Ronan, F. Murray Abraham, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Lea Seydoux and Mathieu Amalric.

With what looks like a great comic turn from Fiennes as the somewhat fussy, conceited hotel manager, we're frankly pretty impressed by this one.

Although there's no confirmed date just yet, The Grand Budapest Hotel should hit cinemas early next year.

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