If there's one movie that seemingly everyone wants to see, from the die hard film nerds to the casual multiplex visitors, it's Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel."
The trailer for the movie has something for everyone -- the Anderson super-fans (of which there are many) goggled at the three aspect ratios that serve to indicate the three timelines the movie deals with, while those looking for a hearty yuk were probably impressed with the cast (including Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, and Jeff Goldblum) and the fact that most of said cast is outfitted with funny facial hair. One thing that you didn't get to truly appreciate with the trailer, though, was the film's original score, once again handled by Anderson confederate Alexandre Desplat. Well, today we have a bite-sized chunk of this score for you, and boy is it yummy. The plot for "Grand Budapest Hotel" concerns a young bellhop Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori) and his misadventures with a concierge named Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes). Our exclusive track, "A Prayer for Madame D," is timed to the moment when Monsieur Gustave discovers that the elderly Madame D (Tilda Swinton) is gravely ill and rushes to be with her, dragging young Zero along for the ride.
Of course, the track is full of delicate whimsy and a kind of twinkly beauty, both qualities that Desplat brilliantly excels in. "Grand Budapest Hotel" seems to exist exclusively in the embellished papier-mâché world of Anderson's imagination (the film takes place in a fictional European country... just because), and there is no better soundtrack for that fantasy realm than Desplat's embroidered score. Desplat's work can currently be heard in George Clooney's earnest war movie "Monuments Men."
The "Grand Budapest Hotel" album comes out March 4 (you can pre-order here), while the movie debuts later that week (March 7). It recently had its premiere in Berlin, and if the reviews are any indication, all the fanfare that accompanied the release of that first trailer were very, very warranted.