Well, it’s time for a new Wes Anderson movie. Bright colored walls, bird eye view shots of mundane objects, precocious teens, Bill Murray showing up out of nowhere, except this time there seems to be something more elaborate about it. Since the 1990s, screenings for Wes Anderson movies have been a sanctuary for self-proclaimed odd-balls, and I believe the screenings for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” will have no seat vacant. All of Anderson’s loyal actors and loyal motifs that his fans love so much are back to play as this trailer shows, with even more action and adventure then his previous film “Moonrise Kingdom”. The Grand Budapest Hotel is set to come out in the new year.
Wes Anderson’s first big grossing picture was in 2001 with The Royal Tennenbaums, which grossed $52,353,636 in the US. Since then, he has barely cleared 20 million, and The Darjeeling Limited in 2007 only made 11 million. I don’t believe this was due to a meritocracy, but for whatever reason when Moonrise Kingdom was released in 2011, the omnipotent cult fan base came out from under the bleachers and showed up to help the picture gross over 45 million. Now, with some new vigour, and maybe some new faith from investors. Wes Anderson is thanking his fans with a grand, big budgeted high profiled, European based picture about a legendary hotel concierge and his lobby boy venturing from prison, to the Alps, and to the marvelous hotel itself for a shootout. I don’t think there’s been a shootout in a Wes Anderson film since he got Owen and Luke Wilson to star in his 20 minute, black and white, low budget short film in 1992.
The Grand Budapest Hotel was directed and written by Wes Anderson, with the scriptwriter Hugo Guiness, cinematographer Robert D. Yeoman, editor Barney Pilling, producers Molly Cooper, Jeremy Dawson, Scott Rudin, Steven M. Rales, executive producers Molly Cooper, Christoph Fisser, Henning Molfenter and Charlie Woebcken, and composer Alexandre Desplat.