2.5 stars. The three leads are believable as brothers but the only character I was able to connect with was Anjelica Huston even though she was the most elusive. She had emotional weight. Wes Anderson's live action films are so mannered and twee. His animated movies seem to be more real.
Why this movie was made is a question I'll never figure out. It's very mediocre, but I liked the stuff that happened on the train; at least there was stuff going on. Once they got off the train, it descended into skits that never came together to form the rest of the movie. I did like the idea behind it that it's about Westerners going to India for a spiritual journey and it failing. A needless, pointless movie.
I think this was actually my first Wes Anderson film, way back in high school. I think I saw it because I lived in India at the time. It was nice to go back to it. There's a clear progression from the likes of "Bottle Rocket" and "Rushmore" to "The Life Aquatic" and this. It's still got the hyper-stylized mise-en-scène and a great soundtrack, but I think the cinematography is clearly a step better in this one, too.