9.28.2007

Hotel Chevalier

I'm never quite sure what to think about Wes Anderson. Oh, he's brilliant, especially visually, there's no debating that; unfortunately, he knows it a little too well. Still, when iTunes was being infuriatingly local last night and I was unable to download Hotel Chevalier due to being outside the US, it ruined my evening.

I managed to get a version. Low quality, and I believe the beginning has been chopped off (please tell me, my version starts with Jason Schwartzman opening the door of his room), but I was very happy with it nonetheless.

It's a strange little movie. It's unmistakably Anderson, from the way it's shot to the small details in the set decoration, and even in the way the two characters talk. It never quite takes off, but I was left wanting more, and that can't be a bad sign, can it? Unusually enough for Anderson, it doesn't feel like the characters' whole world is contained on screen, like all they ever were and will be is here, it feels like they are fully realized characters with interesting stories beyond the screen. They breathe. And that's a welcome change.

I'm looking forward to The Darjeeling Limited. The three brothers setup makes me hope it will be more Royal Tenenbaums than Life Aquatic. And to keep me entertained in the meantime, I just ordered Bottle Rocket, which I found clumsily charming the first time around.

2 comments:

cjKennedy said...

It sounds like you missed 2.5 - 3 minutes of business before Natalie shows up. They seem uneventful but I think they're important to the overall piece. I think they're best seen in the context of the film so I won't describe them to you here. If you really really want to know, email me.

I won't say to much else about the piece for now, but it's really growing on me. It's hard to get anything across in 13 minutes, but this was an intriguing fragment. Plus I loved how it looked.

You may have guessed already I have a total blind spot for Wes Anderson. He can do no wrong in my book and I'll go through all kinds of crazy contortions to defend him to people who can't stand his style. :)

Nancy said...

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