With a plan to find themselves and bond with one another, three estranged brothers set off on a soul-searching train voyage across India. Their spiritual and familial journey veers rapidly and hilariously off-course.
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It is indeed a cinematic masterpiece of sorts. Aesthetically and stylistically it is one of the best films I have seen. What leaves me confused and skeptical is the neo-colonial and, I suppose, rather racist and insensitive story of the white man in exotic locations. It's very complicated and I think one cannot dismiss the issue by the simple beauty in the portrayal of the country.
I don't think I'm off-base when I say that Darjeeling is, without a doubt, Anderson's weakest film to date. The main flaw of this film is that it feels like something that is shallowly imitating Wes Anderson, but is actually made by the latter. Toothless and meandering through its interminable pacing. The sheer promise of what was to come after Hotel Chevalier is completely and utterly wasted in Darjeeling.