If you’re a Wes Anderson fan, you’ll most definitely be awaiting this release. Preparing for what we think could be Wes’s most exhilarating and fun-filled film thus far, is keeping us firmly, right on the edge of our seats. The Grand Budapest Hotel is set for release in the US towards the beginning of March 2014. Adding some extra sparkle to his consistent cast, we get to see Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law and the brilliant Léa Sedoux (of Blue is the Warmest Color), join the crew.
The film is set during the 1920’s, wherein hotel concierge, Gustave H. (Fiennes), is bequeathed a painting named Boy with Apple. Madame D, to whom to the painting once belonged has been killed, and her son, Dmitri (Adrien Brody), vows that he shall have revenge upon, Gustave by framing him for the murder. Zero Moutstafa, Gustave’s lobby boy, Agatha- hotel employee and love interest of Gustave, help him to hide the painting from both the authorities and Dmitri. Alongside this there is the interference from M. Ivan (Bill Murray), the manager of Excelsior Palace- hotel rival to the Grand Budapest Hotel.
In an explosion of vibrant colour, stylistic narration and fastidious attention to detail, Anderson brings together his growing portfolio. Typically surreal and often shot in their country of relevance- The Darjeeling Limited being shot in India, and much of the photography for The Grand Budpest Hotel shot in Berlin, these films ooze originality. Shooting to fame with Bottle Rocket (1996), Anderson and his close friends, the Wilson brothers (in writing and casting) brought the story of three young misfits to our screens. Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson and Robert Musgrave star as three best friends who chose to rob a ‘bookstore’. They subsequently go on the run and on to adventure, as the film explores the folly of three dreamers.
Looking back to some slightly more well known films sees the 2001, Oscar nominated (best screenplay), The Royal Tenenbaums. This film is an eccentric, absurdist story following the lives of the Tenenbaum siblings. This is Anderson’s third full-length feature. During their youth, each of the three Tenenbaums, Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow), Chas (Ben Stiller) and Richie (Luke Wilson) possessed extreme talents. During their adolescence, Royal, their father (Gene Hackman) leaves the family home and so their lives begin to slowly fall to pieces. The film goes on to explore failure, disappointment and ways to find redemption. The set is absolutely incredible and totally triumphs Anderson’s immaculate attention to detail.
Many may recognize Anderson’s work in the brilliant animation, Fantastic Mr. Fox. This extremely inventive creation follows the famous Road Dahl story, yet loaded with some inventive additions, we see George Clooney voice the lead role. Mr. Fox leads you into the film with ponderings of his existence. He seeks to revaluate his lifestyle in order to better the life of his family. Taking on the meanest and most vile, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, Foxy returns, unbeknown to his wife, Mrs. Fox, to his sneaky ways as a chicken thief. Fox starts a war between himself and the three mean farmers who are determined at any cost to capture and destroy him. Running parallel to this we see Ash, Fox’s son attempting to contend with the talents of his visiting cousin, Kristopherson. Entirely endearing in every way this film showcases the artist ability, diversity and flare that Wes Anderson truly possesses.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) and The Darjeeling Limited (2007) are also ones to watch. The Grand Budpest Hotel is coming to our screens during the springtime. Be sure to check out the trailer, but do be aware- it’s very enticing. We. Cannot. Wait.
Found in CUB’s interactive print issue, page 18 & 19: issuu.com/cubmagazine/docs/issue550finalversionissuu