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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Time was kind to The Darjeeling Limited, the film grows in scope and importance with the passing of the years. Wes Anderson's least funny but most detailed and meditative film features excellent performances, especially by newcomer to Wes's world Adrien Brody, a deceivingly profound narrative and, ultimately, an enlightening journey.
Don't miss a scene in the train bathroom ... :-)
Starring Jason Schwartzman, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston
Fun satirical adventure from Wes, those brothers were trying to knew what went on during their "journey". Good acting and quirky styles sure always make Wes a signature director we know. Somehow Joe Dassin's tune always makes me feel good as well whenever I start listening to that now. :) (Bonus points if you saw that prequel short, too.)
A spiritual odyssey with an amazing soundtrack and arresting visuals. While the story can seem a little dull compared to Anderson's other movies, The Darjeeling Limited is bursting with color and a certain tenderness we've come to expect from the director.
Un elenco maravilloso y una película sumamente elocuente. Otra de las grandes obras de Wes Anderson, cuyas películas son tan atractivas y encantadoras visualemente, que Anderson pareciera sostener un pincel y pintar cada una de sus escenas. Un guion muy ingenioso en un comienzo, pero con un final no a la altura de lo acontecido. Aún así, eso no le quita a la obra su genialidad fotográfica y artística.
As far as Western auteurist love letters to India go it's not exactly The River, but it'll do, I guess. There are certain race/class issues that arise here that go mostly unexamined, but WA's love for the country and its cinema is all over it, so I'll give him a pass.
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.
The script, like the brothers themselves, is at first awkward. Tries too hard to recapture the delicious deadpan and witty one-liners of Anderson/Wilson's previous work. But when the second act kicks into gear and the brothers begin to relax, the film just lets things happen. The quiet moments where no one speaks are when the film is best, such as when the brothers share a motorcycle on a nameless country road.