Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Reel Facts & Opinions: Everything You Need To Know About THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

In this early month of March, one of the most anticipated films of the year unspools in the form of THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL. Here is everything you need to know…
Who is behind this? – THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL is written and directed by Wes Anderson, who was behind RUSHMORE (1998), THE LIFE AQUATIC (2004), and THE DARJEELING LIMITED (2007). Anderson was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his own MOONRISE KINGDOM in 2012, and THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS in 2001. He was also for nominated for the Best Animated Film Oscar in 2009 for THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX.

Who is in this? – Wes Anderson has never had a problem getting good actors to come work for him, and this year he assembles an amazing cast of Oscar winners, contenders, and all-around favorites; Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Kietel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson, F. Murray Abraham, Jason Schwartzman, and Saorise Ronan.
What’s this about? – THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of hotel concierge Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), and his lobby-boy friend at a famous European hotel in-between the World Wars. The story involves the theft of a priceless painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune.

Anything special? – Wes Anderson has shot his movie in three different aspect ratios…or screen format. The film takes place over several years, and the screen format changes to match the era. As the movie jumps through time periods, the screen format tells viewers where they are in the timeline.
What to expect? – Wes Anderson’s unique style of slow-motion, quirky characters, colorful set design, and strong music choices are sure to be on display. Also expect the large, well-respected cast to act their way into some unexpected places, which is another trademark of Anderson’s films. Considering the cast, unique presentation, and time-period (the era between World Wars is rarely explored on film), we have before us the potential for a comfortable and warm light amidst a cold dark winter.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL goes into wide-release March 14th.

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