Wes Anderson’s Hotel Chevalier
This has been flying all over the internet, never realized there were so many Anderson fans. Hotel Chevalier is a teaser / short for Anderson’s upcoming film Darjeeling Limited. The short stars Jason Schwartzman and Natalie Portman. The preceding hype for this short was Natalie Portman’s nudity. The hype isn’t disappointing.
The bigger question in regards to Darjeeling Limited was whether Wes Anderson can expand his quirky style. Can it be more substantial? The last two films were disappointing even to me, an Anderson fan and more specifically a Bottle Rocket afficionado. Since Rushmore, Anderson seems to have added spectacle to his quirkiness. I don’t blame him, Hollywood is ready to pay him anything to see his vision. But that isn’t what Bottle Rocket or Rushmore were like. There were about the smallness in people. Small battles, with no significance, happening in some small little place. I think Darjeeling Limited is a return to those roots. I hope so at least.
What struck me as Hotel Chevalier started to play was how much I missed Anderson’s quirkiness. I savored every taste, I dreaded the quickly approaching end. His style is so pleasant, not in a television-comfortableness kinda way. More like how you wish the world would be. Silly surface with a tinge of seriousness that is only appears when connected with love. Unlike the truth where it is serious on surface and silliness never nearly makes an appearance.
I share Anderson’s love for lonely hotel rooms (another reason I love Bottle Rocket). On trips, I enjoy the first look-around in a hotel room or spending elongated time in silence & darkness ruminating. I love imagining there is intense drama happening on the other side of the wall. I love the borrowed space and Anderson loves it too. The third character in this is the Hotel. And boy, what a hotel, it stinks of intimate decadence.
Schwartzman seems to have two acting styles: one for Anderson films and one for the others. His eyebrows mimic a child pretending to be serious. It works! Portman has done so many crappy films in a row, I forgot she can act. Good to see her live up to some of that potential.
The link is to the free download at the iTunes store (the link open iTunes automagically). This means that iTunes has to be installed on your computer. I am sure it will be popping in other places very soon, when it does, we will add it here.
Update: It is available on Google video. Dead.
Re-update: Available again in Flash Video.