Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the first trailer for Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel. The comedy-drama centers on a hotel concierge recounting events in one of 20 Century Europe’s most prestigious hotels.
The trailer is lighthearted and full of all kinds of quirky humor that we should all be accustomed to when watching a Wes Anderson film. And that is not a bad thing, because we get to see Ralph Fiennes in a rare comedic role. Hit the jump to see the full trailer.
I understand why most people are reluctant to embrace the films of Wes Anderson. They are clearly not for all tastes. Anderson makes movies about lost souls searching for emotional support and redemption in meticulously-created worlds where everything is filtered through a child’s pure sense of wonder. He is one of the most unique voices in American cinema today and though his films are set in places not fully grounded in the reality that we are all accustomed to, his characters’ actions and emotions are. Their feelings of joy, despair, grief, hatred, and love make them cinematic personalities as authentic in their thoughts and words as those of their creator.
Anderson does not always succeed when he sets out to make a movie, but even his greatest failures – of which there are precious few – are way more enjoyable than the vast majority of films being released these days. There is a reason why the Criterion Collection has released nearly every film directed by Anderson on DVD and Blu-ray, and I am still waiting with great anticipation for that Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Blu.
The very best films of 2012 accurately depicted the fragility of mankind and of its spirit. These are not new topics meant to provoke awe. Every year, cinema depicts the most inconceivable of situations and pits characters in them to fend for their lives. In 2012, the best of cinema took an intense foray into pain and suffering but with an unerring intent to discern what it was that permitted or encouraged particular characters to endure certain tragedies.
What was discovered in these elite films was the profoundest reverence for togetherness and dependability. The police, being dragged around the uninhabited fields of Anatolia searching for a dead body, still managed to cooperate with two murderers in Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. If it was not for a fast-thinking scout master who gathered Camp Ivanhoe’s finest boy scouts to search for two young lovers who fled the coop in Moonrise Kingdom, they would forever be stranded on their own magical island (is that really a bad thing?). Instead of two souls aimlessly suffering existence alone in The Master, they endure together and astonishingly discover what each one so desperately needs in the other: a sense of worth. The father and daughter in Beasts of the Southern Wild would not survive the aftermath of the storm if it were not for their true, illustrious relationship. And the octogenarian couple in Amour is the only proof we need to know that it takes two people, solidified in an unbreakable relationship, to stand firm, face life and to stare the inevitable square in the eyes.
The following are my picks for the 30 best films of 2012.
The cast of director Wes Anderson‘s latest project, titled The Grand Budapest Hotel, is already impressive…as is often the case with his films. We’ve already heard about names like Bill Murray, Jude Law, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton and Angela Lansburyjoining the cast, followed by word that Ralph Fiennes would also be involved.
Now a young up-and-coming star has also been cast. It’s being reported that Oscar nominated Atonement and The Lovely Bones star Saoirse Ronan will play the female lead in the movie.
Mooonrise Kingdom director Wes Anderson has just cast another high profiled actor for his upcoming dark comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel. After dispelling rumors that Johnny Depp had a role in the film, reports are coming out that Ralph Fiennes has been cast as one of the hotel employees.
Fiennes joins an impressive cast including long-time Anderson collaborators Bill Murray and Owen Wilson. Angela Lansbury, Edward Norton, and Jude Law also star.