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.