Anderson probably decided to make this short as a response to people that would leave Darjeeling Limited wondering about Schwartzman's stay in France.
Well, his experience included a sexual encounter with the one and only Natalie Portman. So in that sense, it's worth being made...if not only to introduce us to what would be seen in Black Swan a little bit.
However, if I would want to see any short as an intro to Darjeeling, it would be to see more of Bill Murray's late arrival on the train. I'd pay to see that.
I'd venture to say this is Anderson's most personal and possibly most fleshed out film aside from The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Like all of his his films, it looks at the importance of fathers in society (and takes it to a more specific level with each of the brothers). But it also extends to be a meditation of how family affects us in general, not just the head of the household.
With a great screenplay that evolves very well, trimmed…
Why the cuss did I lower my grade before? This is a remarkable piece of film.
The craft showcased here is impeccable. It's incredible - the stop animation achieved here. The advanced lighting, dollies, zoom ins and outs, pans, lighting, movements of characters, and incredible effects to bolster the whole story. You can just sit back and enjoy the incredible art that Wes Anderson seemed to master right off the bat. But it's remarkably ambitious in scope as well.
I re-watched Mud tonight to see if it could live up to my previous viewing. Much like The Place Beyond the Pines, it does add up but it actually improved. TPBTP had one of the greatest acts of the century but faltered after its first 40 minutes. Jeff Nichols’s Mud, however, doesn’t ever really falter at all – consistently great cinema.
What my re-watch showed me, was that it gets the little things right to amplify the big picture of…