The Darjeeling Limited

Mikey 1 comment
The Darjeeling Limited

I’ve said this before, but I will say it again. Wes Andersons’ films are an acquired taste. If you liked The Royal Tenenbaums or The Life Aquatic then you have already savoured Andersons’ unique story telling style.

The Darjeeling Limited is a journey about friendship and discovery. Three American brothers who have not spoken to each other in over a year since their father’s death set off on a train ride through India in an effort to re-bond with each other.

Brother Peter (Adrien Brody) and Jack (Jason Schwartzman) have reluctantly agreed to take part in the journey which was organised by the eldest brother Francis (Owen Wilson).

With a lot of bickering and secrecy between the brothers, their quest eventually goes haywire and is where the best part of the story begins, seeing them stranded in the middle of nowhere. They come upon a group of young Indian brothers who they rescue from drowning in the river. One of the boys dies and Peter, Jack and Francis walk to the village with the boy’s body to alert his father. They are welcomed into the village and stay for several days to tend the funeral, which is where most of their sole searching is done.

Anderson does something he hasn't in any of his previous films, he cuts back to a previous time in the brothers lives where we once again see their dis-organisational skills cause a seemingly manageable event go haywire, in this case being their father’s funeral.

I can’t say I enjoyed The Darjeeling Limited as much as I enjoyed Andersons’ previous effort The Life Aquatic, which incidentally is my new favourite film, toppling the mighty 2001 as my all time favourite. But it would be unfair to compare them as despite the unmistakable directorial style of Anderson being present in both the stories are nothing alike.

Once again Anderson has cast a handful of talented actors who have appeared in nearly all of his movies, adding to the 3 actors already mentioned above are Bill Murray as the business man (who makes an incredibly brief appearance) and Anjelica Huston as their Mother.

I do like The Darjeeling Limited and I will watch it again to pick up on the subtleties that are often missed the first time around with Wes Anderson films. I have just learned that Anderson made a short prelude to this film titled Hotel Chevalier which stars Jason Schwartzman and Natalie Portman. I am going to see if I can get my paws on it soon. I wish though I had known about it before.

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The Movie Whore

Monday 19th May 2008 | 01:24 AM

I really dug this flick even though I really don't particularly care for the actors. If you want to see some of Owen Wilson's best work I would suggest Minus Man. He made it 8-10 years ago and it is a really good film.

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