Hotel Chevalier/The Darjeeling Limited

25 May

Hotel Chevalier was an interesting short exactly for the reasons given by Matthew Foster in his article. The mystery from knowing almost nothing about these two people and their relationship except that they were both broken as their relationships appeared to be made me curious to find out what was going on. As it did Foster, Hotel Chevalier was very vague and mysterious but at the same time strangely satisfying. I say this because I agree with how he put it – not knowing made it interesting, but did not make you want to know more. It was enough for what it was. Seeing The Darjeeling Limited immediately after however, completely changed it for me. I agree with Foster with regards to Hotel Chevalier standing on it’s own, but the spilling over of Natalie Portman’s character in The Darjeeling Limited sort of contradicted this. Her continuing involvement in the Darjeeling Limited seemed to have been too much more than enough from Hotel Chevalier and made me wish it was more a part of the story than it ended up being. As far as the connection of these two films goes, I think they both stand better on their own instead of being seen as part of each other.

The Darjeeling Limited was also an interesting film on its own. The colorful portrayal of India and its life made for a very visually experience. This paired with the signature Wes Anderson quirk found in each of the three brothers and their differences made for a pretty enjoyable experience. Also common to Wes Anderson films was the light, somewhat easygoing portrayal of things over the heavier, more serious issues. This made for a great combination of comedy and drama delivered only as Wes Anderson does. I have encountered Wes Anderson films many times because one of my friends credits him as his favorite director. I remember always hearing him say that this bittersweet style of storytelling is one of Anderson’s trademark styles. I felt that this was very evident especially in this film as seeing the three brothers interact with each other; you can tell that there are serious issues between them. On the other hand, their silly way of dealing with one another makes for a lighter presentation of their underlying issues.

Wes Anderson’s quirk was also evident in this film, as explained by Richard Brody, in the different material objects and behaviors characteristic of each of the brothers. They each appear to be very different from each other, and putting them all together to go through this seemingly silly adventure through India seem to provide a light comedy to the film, making it quite easy to watch. On the other hand, the reconciliation of the three brothers with each other, with their mother, and the resolution of their issues throughout this journey also make for a touching story along with this comedy. Bittersweet perfectly describes this film, as just the right amount of touching and just the right amount of funny are combined to make for an enjoyable adventure.

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