2/10/2008

Movie Review: The Darjeeling Limited

Three brothers take a train to go to around India and visit the "spiritual" hotspots. Sounds trite, right?

But taken under Wes Anderson's helm and a name "The Darjeeling Limited," the trip goes in a whole different and not commonplace.

Anderson has directed Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums his latest project is another showcase of how he deftly handles black comedies. Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman play the three brothers who try find spritual enlightenment in a holiday. While the film works well with the Indian backdrop, the movie avoids "the story in a travelougue trap."

Dialogue is also sharp and the overall feel is that this is not your typical film. You may feel uneasy at first because the movie starts off the bat with a prologue featuring Jason Schwartzman and Natalie Portman. This is classic Wes Anderson.

The movie is all about the brother's relationships and their emotional baggages. There's a scene in the finale where the brothers, after going through the trip, jump on the train and leaving their luggage behind. The Darjeeling Limited does well because of the quirky characterizations and situations the lead characters are in. Think "Y Tu Mamá También" crossed with "The Namesake." If those movies are not your cup of tea, then take a trip elsewhere.


Rating: 3.5/5


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