A debate has errupted over the first poster for The Grand Budapest Hotel on how Wes Andersony a Wes Anderson poster should be before it stops being Wes Andersony.
Let me stress that everything seen and mentioned in the poster is true. It is Grand, located in Budapest and is a hotel. All the cast members on the sheet do appear in the film. And most important of all, Wes Anderson is named as the director, albeit in small print. By definition this is a Wes Anderson poster and can't be anymore Wes Andersony.
The actual Hotel looks like The Royal Tenenbaums family abode stretched out and is overly illustrated to the point of almost dream state absurdity. There is a typical quirky background detail featuring an elk on a mountain top and a waterfall pouring with no obvious cascade source. Also, the usual hidden blockage that will be removed later in the film appears-- in the form of an ornate dividing wall that separates resort from town.
The usual star-studded supporting cast of characters features returning Anderson troupe members Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, and Adrien Brody (The Darjeeling Limited and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou) and some newcomers, including Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Tom Wilkinson, Lea Seydoux, F. Murray Abraham and Jude Law.
The nostalgic plot centers on a concierge (Ralphe Fiennes) and his young protege (Tony Ravolori) in the 1920's.
The screenplay was created out of Anderson's head without the help of his usual writing partners Noah Baumbach, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman or Owen Wilson.
The first trailer for The Grand Budapest Hotel is a delight. Ralph Fiennes is a comic surprise in the lead. The rest of the cast seems up to the unique Wes Anderson blend of nostalgic weirdness. This is definitely on my must see list for next year.