On to the movie, things I liked:
- As usual, film was full of quirky characters, played by the same quirky actors we already love.
- I think the Hotel Chevalier as a prequel was perhaps one of the best marketing tools I've seen in use in a looong time.
- Adrien Brody/ Peter Whitman's suits. The green one with the brown belt and flawlessly pressed white shirt with father's stolen sunglasses particularly. Loved it.
- Visually stunning, I would love a shot list just in case I ever get to the foothills of the Himalayas. I am also re-enthused by the bright peacock blue and gold combination for my office. Still probably not going to happen.
- Everything about the Pepper Spray scene.
- Character development, emotional integrity was spotty. There was not a moment in DL that I "wanted to laugh and cry at the same time" (first pointed out by my brother), which is really my favorite part of Anderson's movies. Royal Tennenbaums being the best example.
- Jumpy. There's quirky and then there's sloppy when it comes to tying a movie together and I think this one walked the line a little too often.
You get the most emotive, characteristic performance out of the 13 minute short you can get for free on iTunes. But if you're a fan and it's raining outside, get into that movie seat.