Consensus on the Internet today seems to be that the poster for Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel is, well, Wes Anderson-y. But just how Wes Anderson-y is it?
The Playlist called the poster "Positively Wes Anderson-y." Columnist Russell Hainline tweeted: "Could they have made this poster more Wes Anderson-y somehow?" Another Twitter user declared: "The new poster for Wes Anderson's next movie is as Wes Anderson-y as they get." That's pretty Wes Anderson-y!
In fact, the poster doesn't actually look that much like any of Anderson's other movie posters, aside from the gorgeous creation advertising his last film Moonrise Kingdom, of which the Budapest one sheet seems a direct descendant. Anderson's other posters seem to have more of a family portrait vibe. (We guess that's fairly explicit in the posters for the family-oriented The Royal Tenenbaums and The Darjeeling Limited.) Still, while there's something completely stark about this new one, it nonetheless exudes that trademark Anderson quirk. Let's compare.
Wes Anderson movies tend to be packed with movie stars, and Grand Budapest Hotel is no exception. Some in the cast are regulars—Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman—others are newbies who ought to comfortably embrace the Anderson sensibility. Compare the list of names here...
...to the list of names on the Moonrise Kingdom poster.
Compare, say, what we assume is the titular hotel...
...to the Tenenbaums home, which it should be said does not appear in the poster for that film.
There's a series of arches underneath the grand structure that makes up the most of the poster's image...
...just as the Fantastic Mr. Fox poster gave us a hint of the drama above its characters in its poster.
The Illustrated Look
Like 2012's Moonrise Kingdom poster or 2004's The Life Aquatic poster, the entire thing looks to have emerged out of an exquisitely designed children's book, existing in a sort of haze between photorealism and pure fantasy, with lone critters (some fish, an owl) contending with human interaction.
In The Grand Budapest Hotel poster there's a lone stag—perhaps a sculpture?—on a mountain. Get a look at the full poster here.
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