Wes Anderson’s confectionary caper story The Grand Budapest Hotel is a delicious treat that never stops moving. With its sprawling cast of Anderson-world characters, led by the sweetly scented Ralph Fiennes, the constant motion of the film—which tells the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend—is given a wonderful undercurrent by its energetic yet emotionally stirring score, thanks to composer Alexandre Desplat. Alongside Desplat’s music are Russian folk songs and the Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra to complete the soundtrack—all co-produced by Anderson and longtime collaborator Randall Poster.
And now, thanks to Pitchfork Advance, you can stream the soundtrack in its entirety HERE. Enjoy.
Back in 2012 we were all swept away by Moonrise Kingdom’s whimsical meditation on first love. And since, we’ve been anticipating what Wes Anderson would give us with his next ensemble feature, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Starring Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Lea Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson, the film follows:
…the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.
And now you can meet its cast of characters in a new trailer for the feature below.
Upon seeing the news this morning about a new Wes Anderson film titled The Grand Budapest Hotel and starring Johnny Depp, I immediately assumed someone was making a joke about Anderson and Depp’s recent work seeming tired or repetitive, wrapped in an allusion to the early-bird-special comedy, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. But it seems I was wrong! After Moonrise Kingdom brought in $40 million at the box office with its whimsical meditation on love and youth, the sartorially minded auteur is already gearing up for his next project—and everyone seems to be abuzz with anticipation.
There has yet to be much revealed about the film, save the fact that it will be set in Europe and stray from the “family-friendly,” nature of his recent work. Scott Rudin, who has worked with Anderson since the Tenenbaum days, will come onboard as a producer as the list of possible actors grows from his usual favorites like Bill Murray and Owen Wilson to Willem Dafoe and Angela Lansbury.
And as for Johnny Depp, it will be a relief to see him take on something new, even if it means hopping in the arms of a new auteur. Not to say his work hasn’t been good over the past few years, but it will be nice to see him take on something challenging (not like, say, The Tourist). Wes Anderson’s films speak their own cinematic language, and it’ll be interesting is to see how Depp, someone so honed in his own personal style, adapts to that world.