Is there a more delightful director working today than the great Wes Anderson? I can think of no one off the top of my head who injects their films with more whimsy and quirkiness than he does. In his greatest films (Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums), he populates his stories with the most fascinating group of eccentric characters that you can’t help becoming completely engaged with. Even in his one film that didn’t quite work out, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, the outstanding cast and sheer beauty of it went a long way towards making it better than it was.
In his latest effort, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson once again pulls together a grand cast to tell a tale that “recounts the adventures of Gustave H, 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 backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.”
Today, via The Film Stage, we have the very first clip from the film, which features Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) conducting an on-the-go interview with the new lobby boy, Zero (Tony Revolori). With just this clip alone, we can see the intricate detail that Anderson has poured into the movie, in addition to getting a small taste of the regular quirky characters that he’s so well known for.
With a cast that also includes F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Léa Seydoux, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson and Owen Wilson, it seems almost certain that we can count on adding another great Anderson outing to his ever-growing filmography.
The Grand Budapest Hotel hits theaters on March 7th.
Are you excited for Anderson’s new flick? Check out the clip below and let us know in the comments!