Wes Anderson today has released Hotel Chevalier, a 13 minute prologue of sorts to his newest film, The Darjeeling Limited. I was lucky enough to see this in the theater when I saw the preview of the movie. When it began, I honestly thought that Darjeeling had started. But sure enough the credits rolled and the lights came up and they had to switch reels.
As for the short itself, I wouldn’t say that it’s great, but it’s not bad by any means. It seems somewhat pretentious, but in the way that a lot French films seem somewhat pretentious to me. They say maybe 100 words in the whole thing, and the main reason people are going to talk about this is because Natalie Portman is nude in it.
But at the same time it’s an extremely beautiful peak into a screwed up relationship between two very screwed up people. Natalie Portman’s performance is also quite exceptional, there’s just something so natural about her, no matter what she does. She’s definitely the Audery Hepburn of the 21st century. And Jason Schwartzman is great as well, I’m really glad that Wes Anderson has teamed up with him yet again.