Very discreetly, Wes Anderson has thrown himself into shooting The Grand Budapest Hotel. Things haven’t been underway for all too long, but some actors — maybe even entire sections of the picture — have already wrapped their work. And yet we still have to wait until 2014.
In a pair of interviews — one with Collider, the other with ThePlaylist — Jude Law unveiled a couple of new tidbits on his part, revealing an interesting frame established in the screenplay. While there’s a terrific cast on hand, he, already done with a five-day shoot, has been separated from everyone else by a few decades, playing a ’60s author being told a story — probably set within the titular hotel — that’s part of a larger, circular structure. As he explains, “There’s someone plays me older and then they’re recounting how they were told a first certain story, and then you cut to me being told that story, and then you cut to the story.” A little reminiscent of Mishima, I’d say, but an idea which makes more sense when, according to Law, Grand Budapest Hotel is really “about storytelling.”
All of which is sort of fitting for Anderson, a filmmaker whose love of storytelling has been evident throughout a growing career — both doing so himself and having characters engage in them within the story. (Among the most recent examples being Suzy’s proclivity for storybooks in Moonrise Kingdom.) Cue the chorus of asinine complaints that he’s only doing the same thing over and over again.
The Grand Budapest Hotel also stars Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Mathieu Amalric, Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, F. Murray Abraham, Harvey Keitel, and Bob Balaban.
Do Law’s comments serve to provide new perceptions of Wes Anderson’s latest effort?