Day 158 & Day 159 & Day 160 – The Darjeeling Limited & Bottle Rocket & Misery

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Movie Title: The Darjeeling Limited

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 31 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Franics, Peter, and Jack are brothers attempting to go on a manufactured spiritual odyssey through India. The family has very strained relations. The brothers haven’t seen each other since their father’s funeral and their mother is out of the picture. Francis (Owen Wilson) recently suffered a significant motorcycle accident that has caused him to rethink his life and try and reconnect. Peter (Adrien Brody) and his wife are about to have a baby. He doesn’t want the others to know, but he also never told his wife he was leaving for India. Jack (Jason Schwartzman) is planning to ditch them early and then meet up with his ex-girlfriend in Italy. Their manufactured spiritual journey doesn’t go well. They keep secrets and bicker while lugging around a massive quantity of their father’s luggage.

As the journey progresses it reaches a nadir when they come across three children in trouble crossing a river. The events that follow transform their journey from shallow obligation to true spiritual journey as they literally and metaphorically begin to shed the baggage that they have been carrying. This comes to a climax at a monastery in the mountains of Nepal where they reunite with an old acquaintance.

Verdict:

It is well acted, funny, dramatic, and in its conclusion pretty poetic. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Bottle Rocket (1996)

 

Movie Title: Bottle Rocket

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 31 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Bottle Rocket stars Owen and Luke Wilson as really inept thieves. Anthony (Luke Wilson) is sane and rationale though his character is somewhat ubiquitous. He goes along with Dignan (Luke Wilson) through all of his plans though his motivation for doing so is never really clear. He just goes with the flow of everything. On the other hand Dignan is crazy. He comes up with convoluted robbery attempts in an attempt to reunite with his former ring leader Mr. Henry played by James Caan.

After holding up a book store they go on the run and hide out in a motel where Anthony falls head over heels for Inez (Lumi Cavazos) a house keeper at the motel. There love story is funny, but like Anthony’s character in general, very convoluted. Along for the ride in all this is rich kid screw up Bob Mapplethorpe (Robert Musgrave) who serves as their get away driver. After a falling out, Dignan reappears in their lives.

Dignan has reconnected with Mr. Henry and wants them to knock over a meat packing plant’s safe. Things do not go according to plan. The movie is a decent comedy, but has long stretches where it isn’t very funny. It also doesn’t excel as a drama. It seems like it doesn’t really know what it wants to be. You can definitely see the later touches of Wes Anderson’s style beginning to formulate in this one which was his first feature film.

Verdict:

It is a good movie to see if you want to look at really bad fashion and see where Wes Anderson got his start. Other than that it isn’t great. Take it or leave it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Misery (1990)

 

Movie Title: Misery

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 47 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Misery opens with Paul Sheldon (James Caan) finishing his latest novel. He has a celebratory drink, smokes a cigarette, and hops in his Mustang to head down from the cabin he is staying in. As he goes down the mountain the weather turns from mild into a blizzard during which Sheldon crashes his car and is severely injured. He is rescued from the wreck by Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) who starts nursing Sheldon back to health. After Paul goes missing Marcia Sindell (Lauren Bacall) calls the local sheriff to go look for him. Sindell is Sheldon’s agent. He has a book coming out and she hasn’t been able to find him.

Sheldon slowly begins to realize that Wilkes is crazy as she starts making claims that she is staying on the mountain in order to watch him write. Things continue to unravel from there as Wilkes goes berserk over his newest novel and the fact that he killed her favorite character Misery Chastain. She demands he redeem himself and write a new Misery novel. The torture endured by Sheldon is gruesome and creates the atmosphere necessary for a truly great horror story.

Verdict:

Misery is the stuff of nightmares. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Hereditary (2018)

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