The movie, which takes place in some undetermined time period in the past, follows a young "lobby boy" named Zero (newcomer Tony Revolori), who strikes up a friendship underneath M. Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), a rapscallion concierge and the boy's "counselor and guardian." From there things just get insane: Fiennes is both accused of murdering one of his elderly lovers and then that same lover (in her will) bestows upon him a priceless painting that he's got to hide from her family. There are hidden codes, some kind of ski chase, a shootout in the hotel lobby, and Edward Norton wearing a wonderful mustache. Plus wonderfully Andersonian lines like "Take your hands off my lobby boy!"
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" is the first of Anderson's movies that he's written by himself, and the cast is an embarrassment of riches -- beyond Fiennes and Norton, it includes F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray (duh), Saoirse Ronan, Lea Seydoux, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, and Owen Wilson. Now we can breathe.
So how about we get rid of all of these boring Oscar movies and have "The Grand Budapest Hotel" come out like right now? Sound good. Yay. Otherwise, the film will open on March 7th, 2014.