Brothers? Really?

The Darjeeling Limited. Directed by Wes Anderson. Starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman.

One of the main reasons why The Darjeeling Limited is my favorite Wes Anderson film to date is that his unique semi-retro style is not “forced” this time around. With India as a backdrop, Anderson’s style of colors and clothes comes naturally, making Darjeeling Limited, for me at least, more emotional and real.

The humor, with a few exceptions including a hilarious Bill Murray cameo, is mostly subtle, and is sandwiched between more dramatic scenes making for an emotional rollercoaster of a viewing. Also, considering Darjeeling Limited is about 3 brothers traveling through India looking for a spiritual bonding experience, the rollercoaster/bi-polar feel is made all the more wonderful. You might laugh and cry in a single scene.

Though I would argue that Darjeeling Limited is completely different than past Wes Anderson films, I still think that only fans of Anderson’s past will really enjoy this. His signature style is still there, musical slo-mo walking shots and all, and a lot of the twisted, awkward humor is pretty familiar. If you didn’t care for Rushmore, Royal Tenenbaums, Life Aquatic, and so on and so on, then you’ll want to pass.

The film is being screened in two parts, part one being a short starring Jason Schwartzman and Natalie Portman titled Hotel Chevalier, which is also excellent and flows perfectly into part 2, The Darjeeling Limited.





  • Korn

    One of the most beautiful films I’ve seen in a while.

    The soundtrack, although pressed with Indian instrumentals never heard before, is wonderful. Wes Anderson has a knack for bringing back the classics in his soundtracks, i.e. The Kinks.

  • bfnk

    “e-dog is back ” – this, of course, would be my review of your review. i really have to get my ass into gear and check out this movie.

  • Maryann

    A good review of an incredible movie 😀

  • Korn

    After seeing this movie a second time, I’ve concluded that this is one of those “things” that can be kept under the category of “Only Gets Better with Age”. Wonderful.

  • bfnk

    finally saw it… to be honest, i’m not sure how much i adored it. it was a good movie, don’t get me wrong, but it lacked the coherency i’m used to with anderson films. it had moments of brilliance, like the over-the-top baggage metaphor near the end (it was so over the top that it was good), but the story lacked an ‘arc.’ i need to see it again to really make up my mind. to me ‘limited’ was ben stiller in ‘royal’ times three… sort of.
    i don’t mean to sound so negative, because i really liked it and i may change my mind about it very soon (i did see it on a plane after hours and hours and hours of travel), but at the moment, it may be my least favorite anderson film, but i did like it.
    out. may clarify what i mean later.

  • bfnk

    mind change. think it’s better than originally, well thought. it just sunk in, i guess.

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