On a scale of one to 10 on the Official Wes Anderson Scale of Whimsy I just invented, the first trailer for Wes Anderson's gorgeous-looking new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, notches a solid 9.4.
Elaborate diorama-like backdrops? Hilariously thin mustaches? Subtle but somehow tolerable nods to Orientalism? Anderson-ordained Bill Murray sighting? Check, check, check, and check!
The new film follows up 2012's exceptional Moonrise Kingdom, which made $45 million stateside and earned an Oscar nod for best original screenplay. The Grand Budapest Hotel follows the antics of Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), who serves as a world-renowned concierge at the aforementioned destination. The story itself revolves around the mysterious murder of one of the hotel's loyal patrons, and the subsequent treasure hunt for one of her mysterious oil paintings (it is of a boy holding an apple).
The film's poster is pretty great, too, new font and all.
Also appearing in the film are Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Willem Dafoe, and many others. The Grand Budapest Hotel hits theaters March 7, 2014.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- The real story behind Deliver Us From Evil
- How the South's ugly racial history is haunting ObamaCare
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Stop making fun of philosophy and read some philosophy
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
- What if Leo Strauss was right?
- If Democrats abandon immigration reform after Tuesday's likely loss, they will turn 2016 into a debacle
- Beware of Splenda: The backlash against artificial sugars
- The culture war finally comes to the Catholic Church
Subscribe to the Week