Frustrating as it is, the release of Wes Anderson's latest whimsical adventure The Grand Budapest Hotel is still months away. Thankfully, Fox Searchlight is providing some solace by sharing a couple of clips this week. Both center on the relationship between curious concierge Gustave H and his loyal bellboy Zero.
In the latest clip--courtesy of Yahoo--the peculiar pair are interrupted in the middle of something mysterious to be questioned by the cops. Gustave is positively frantic as he asks Zero if the young man can hold up to police interrogation. Zero's confident he can handle it, but it turns out Gustave is his own worst enemy, breaking into panic and fleeing without a moment's hesitation or dignity.
Just yesterday, a clip was released that showcased Gustave and Zero's introduction, which included a rigorous walk and talk job interview. Viewable below, this video gave us better look at the titular hotel's grand lobby, and gave some clue as to how essential to its success the spritely Gustave is.
Set in Europe in the 1930s, The Grand Budapest Hotel offers a suitably grand cast of characters, who each get a close-up in this gorgeous poster:
Along with Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori, who play Gustave and Zero respectively, Anderson's latest boasts an ensemble that includes F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric , Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Lea Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, and Owen Wilson. While all these colorful characters promise many moving parts, the picture's central plot is teased above: the wealthy but very old Madame D has been murdered, and Gustave, her servant, friend and occasional lover, is the number one suspect.
Between this sensational cast and a deep curiosity over how Andersen's unique aesthetic will translate to a murder mystery plot, The Grand Budapest hotel has made our list for 2014's Most Anticipate Movies. Of course, it will have to compete with the tantalizing SNL trailer for The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders, which we still wish was real.
The Grand Budapest opens March 7th, 2014.