Or rather the DVD-player.
The Darjeeling Limited
Perhaps not everybody’s idea of an entertainment but The Darjeeling Limited has lots of style and even more character. The India in the film is very much an imagined place but it affects the protagonists in a very real way. I loved every second of it.
Bizarre bonus information: With all the bandages on his head, Owen Wilson reminded me of Marty Feldman in Silent Movie. I’m not sure this was the intention, but still…
Okay, the Luftwaffe joke is old and tired.
The House of the Flying Daggers
Storywise so-so – undercover agent follows beautiful girl (not that hard to understand: Mei (Zhang Ziyi) is not exactly ugly and playing an action role only enhances her attractiveness), undercover agent falls in love with beautiful girl, etc, etc. – and don’t go back to the beginning after finishing the film. A westerner probably misses the point about the blind fighter which I am told is an integral part of Chinese mythology.
Cinematographically just stunning. The Echo Duel must be one of the most wonderful scenes this side of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, and no: I’m not being ironic here. Just park your logic somewhere else and enjoy the pictures in this scene and the rest of the film.
Why did I buy this DVD? Because the film had been savaged by Danish critics as far as I remember.
They were right: The cinematographic style has something about it, but the story is implausible as it is presented and the voice-over almost makes most of the film feel like a bad radio-play. Yawn.