Sunday, April 20, 2008

Movie Review: The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

Starring: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman
Director: Wes Anderson
Genre: Comedy
Rating: R

Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman star as brothers on a journey to the Himalayas to find their mother who left the family to become a nun. Most of their travels are on the train Darjeeling Limited. Wilson’s character Francis tries to be the leader of the bunch which doesn’t always go over well. Brody’s character Peter has a wife who is 7 and a half months pregnant and she doesn’t know he on this trip. Schwartzman’s character Jack is an odd writer who looks for some companionship on the trip.

The Darjeeling Limited is quirky and unique and at times you feel that some scenes are inside jokes. The three actors play their parts to a tee. I think that Wes Anderson did a great job of directing this movie. He showed the comedy and even tragedy in scenes without overplaying or underplaying the other. I also like the idea of the camera mounted on the train to show the landscape of India as the end credits go by. Anderson also wrote and directed The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. I liked this movie much more than the others. If you liked those movies, you'll like this one.

These three need to make a sequel or at least another movie together. These characters are too interesting to leave after just one movie. This film also includes a cameo by Bill Murray.

"Is that one of Alice's pots?"

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