WATCH: the trailer for Wes Anderson's latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The director's latest features a typically eclectic cast, featuring Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan and Harvey Keitel

Watching a Wes Anderson film for the first time is much like opening that last gift at Christmas – you know the one. It’s oversized, embellished spectacularly with gold lace, rosy ribbons and glitter. It’s the one that has been on your mind whilst you trudge through the minor offerings, all of which are entirely insignificant compared to the grand wonder which awaits you. The only trouble is that one lingering doubt: will it all be worth it in the end? Will the present hidden within be as wonderful as the way it is presented, or will it outright disappoint you, as you sit sweaty palmed looking at the shreds of gold leaf lying limply on the floor?

This trailer, which was just released by Fox Searchlight, much like every other Anderson film of recent memory, is just that wrapping. It looks glorious. Vivid colours spring out at every scene, his trademark yellows and reds decorating each shot. It looks sharp, witty and assured in its contextless surroundings, but as followers of Anderson’s career know, his unique framing style, set design and pithy dialogue don’t always equate to producing a wholly satisfying end product.

What we can take away from the trailer is that the fantastic Mr Anderson has lost none of his visual flair, as he tells the tale of M Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), a hotel concierge of the eponymous Grand Budapest Hotel, who takes bell boy Zero (Tony Revolori) under his wing as they are forced together through a series of comical escapades.

As for the cast, it's a typically eclectic Andersonian ensemble, with Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, Saiorse Ronan, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzmann, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, Owen Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Bob Balaban and the ever present Bill Murray filling out the supporting roles.

Enjoy the trailer below, and let’s hope the substance can match the undoubted style.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is due for release sometime in 2014.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL - Official International Trailer HD

The Grand Budapest Hotel

  • 5 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 1h 40min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Wes Anderson
  • Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Tom Wilkinson
  • UK release: 7 March 2014

Gustave H (Fiennes), the flamboyantly orderly concierge of the Grand Budapest Hotel, likes to romance the elderly guests, but when his wealthy lover (Swinton) dies mysteriously, he finds himself framed for murder. Perhaps Anderson's most uncompromisingly eccentric and perfectly realised film to date, with an astonishing…