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

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

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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Comments

Susanna

Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

Susanna

Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

Susanna

Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

susie

Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

susie

Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

susie

Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

viewer

Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

viewer

Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

viewer

Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

viewer

Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

viewer

Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

viewer

Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

viewer

Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

viewer

Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

viewer

Tongue in cheek humor. Liked the music.

theend

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.

Shawn Hambright

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

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

shot in full frame aspect ratio??? okay!

Rob

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.

jimmiescoffee

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

haha

0_O

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

G.T.O.

Nice to see Ralph Fienness in a comedy role!

MDL

Okay, I'm in.

Anya

Oh gosh, I love it already.

cirkusfolk

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.

Trapeze

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.

A

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

Mr. Theo

Looks good!

Matt

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

Sean

Okay Wes. You got me this time.

immature

sold

Mike

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

Lars

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

James

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

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