Co-writer/director Wes Anderson has to be a little out of his mind. The guy resembles singer Beck and was often seen sporting a white suit coat and white pants while on location for his latest film. And then there's the Darjeeling story line and dialogue: offbeat and a little wacky, like the rest of his projects.
Fans of Anderson's resume, which includes indie hits Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou are going to be right at home aboard The Darjeeling Limited, an Indian train carrying three brothers (Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman) on a spiritual voyage after having avoided one another for the year following their father's funeral. Francis (Wilson), the eldest, annoyingly bosses around his two younger siblings while the three of them bicker and tell funny secrets in complete deadpan.
The feature film is also paired with a "part one" short film, Hotel Chevalier, which shows Jack's (Schwartzman) failed love affair in Paris.
Though Anderson's storytelling may seem unintelligible to some, he has a distinct way of creating iconic shots and moments in his films: Recall Bill Murray's awkward interview scenes in Aquatic and Schwartzman's high-school play in Rushmore. In Darjeeling, he also captures the beautiful Indian landscape and culture.
I can't truly give this movie a solid recommendation because it's so strange, but those who can handle this extremely odd (and moderately slow) offering will be rewarded with vibrantly bizarre characters and a sort of sweet, meandering commentary on family.
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