The Darjeerling Limited

“The Darjeerling Limited” stars Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman and features a cameo appearance by Bill Murray. It’s directed by Wes Anderson (The Life Aquatic, The Royal Tenenbaums) and written by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola.

A story about three brothers, who haven’t spoken to with each other in a year. To bond with together and make things the way they used to be, they set off on a journey through the most spiritual country in the world known as India. During their spiritual journey, they encounter some of the most spiritual places in the world, discover a building relationship in the most clumsy way and become closer than ever.

Wes Anderson introduces us to the best work that he has to offer. Part 1 of the film is titled “The Hotel Chevalier”, which gives us an insight on the character Jack, who I am guessing is the youngest brother. Creator of the terribly unfunny and pointless “The Life Aquatic”, Anderson revives himself here with a minor independent gem. It’s shot smoothly and with a brightly detailed vision. “The Darjeerling Limited” has a more interesting story than any of Wes’ previous films. Minor flaws, like it being moderately slow and having a somewhat muddled story, are the only things that weigh this movie down.

An awkwardly touching film from a director who you have to aquire a taste for. I personally don’t care for him, with the exception for this film. As the camera sways from one character to another, you can’t help but recognize the breakthrough style that Wes displays for the first time. This deserves a viewing, especially for those who are fans of him and his wacky work.  A strange and unforgettable film that I believe is Wes Anderson’s makeup for his previous disasters.

Each character is unique. Jack writes short stories about his experiences and claims they are based on fictional characters, Francis got in an accident and was actually dead for a moment, then revived by two joggers and, and Peter left his pregnant wife home and took things that reminded him of his deceased father, including his prescription sunglasses and useless car keys. Adding to these unique characters presented in the film are rare tunes and the excessive use of slow motion, which I thoroughly enjoyed. This is written so well that it will be difficult to turn away from.

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