365 films in 2016: film 51 (Hotel Chevalier 2007)

Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 20.32.28Hotel Chevalier is interesting because it doesn’t it feel needed, it feels like it’s overcompensating for something, i’m sure a lot of people would say that this doesn’t even count as a real short because all it is is a secret prologue sort of thing for Anderson’s later film The Darjeeling Limited. In fact Fox Searchlight didn’t even know that anderson had made Hotel Chevalier until The Darjeeling Limited had premiered.

so what is so wrong about Hotel Chevalier? well, i don’t really know to be honest, maybe its because its not its own independent story (but you could pretend it is of course) or it’s lack of patented Anderson-isms something about this film didn’t click with, The colours and cinematography are flawless obviously but at this point that’s the least i expect from Anderson, i know even Anderson himself will say his films struggle with their plots, in the sense that they don’t have any but that doesn’t mean they don’t have stories. I think thats whats wrong with this film, while there is a story, it doesn’t really add anything to  Darjeeling.

If you’re planning on binge watching Anderson films id say this is probably one you could miss, the camerawork is flawless and the colours are stunning and mood appropriate but unfortunately Hotel Chevalier still feels dry and ultimately empty, Hotel Chevalier is a 6/10.


In 2016 i will be watching 365 films (yes, i know there are 366 days this year) and writing about how I felt about them, I decided to do this just because over the last year or so i’ve Sort of pulled away from film and I wanna start to enjoy watching movies again. This will normally be just notes I made or thoughts I have about the film.


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