The Darjeeling Limited

The Darjeeling Limited

On DVD: 
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Running Time: 
91 Minutes

Wes Anderson once again brings his unique visual style to the screen in The Darjeeling Limited.  The story starts off with Peter Whitman (Adrien Brody) running after and jumping on a trail in India. Once aboard he meets up with his two brothers, Francis (Owen Wilson) and Jack. (Jason Schwartzman). Having not spoken to each other in a year these three American brothers set off on a journey across India with the plan to “find themselves” and bond as bothers again.

Through a series of events involving over the counter pain killers, pepper spray, and a snake on the lose they end up finding themselves in the middle of the desert with numerous suitcases and a laminating machine. Interested yet?

I have to admit while not a “die hard” Wes Anderson fan I am a fan. His visual style, the music in his films, his cinematography, all are things I really enjoy that I think he does very well. Even if his film is not great story-wise, I know I am always going to be satisfied with how he brings his scenes to the screen. Darjeeling Limited once again did not disappoint in that aspect. There are several scenes which involve catching the train and all of them are perfectly done, in my opinion they some of the best scenes cinematography wise in the film.

Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman and Adrien Brody all perform their roles as brothers very well. But the story, while good, was not on par with some of his previous films, it just did not have as much of the quirky humor I have come to expect from Anderson. It was still funny and much better than most of the stuff pumped out by Hollywood, but I have come to expect greatness from Wes Anderson and Darjeeling just did not do as much for me in the story/plot department

For some, Wes Anderson films are ridiculous trash, for others they are the greatest films ever created. If you are in the first group, this film is not for you, if you are somewhere in between the first group and the second, like myself I would recommend checking The Darjeeling Limited out.

Review by William Henderson