The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

Posted: March 15, 2012 in Review

What’s wrong with you?
I don’t know. Let me think about it. I’ll tell you next time I see you… Thanks for using me.

I love this movie. Just love it. And it still falls behind Royal Tenenbaums as a tie for number two on my favorite Wes Anderson film list.

As I stated in my Hotel Chevalier review, the use of the iPod as a soundtrack too, is absolutely astonishing. It brings the audience into the film even more because the music is there in the fore front, not just a tool used and inserted in during post production. When the audience can see something like that it breaks the proverbial fourth wall, it makes the characters more real by showing us, the viewers, real every day actions that we ourselves constantly take part in doing.

This is another of Anderson’s journey films. It’s the story of three brothers trying to revitalize their relationships with each other after having spent the last year apart with no contact what so ever following their father’s funeral. The brothers are played by Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, and Adrian Brody and you really couldn’t ask for a better set of actors to be your leads in this movie. Their chemistry shines throughout. You see their hatred towards each other ebb and flow from beginning to end up and down and all around.

But like most brothers, nay, siblings that I know in real life, they have ups and downs, falling outs and falling ins, it’s one of the benefits of having a sibling, no matter what happens, there is always love between them. Whether that love is apparent or not, it is always there. That’s what I love about the Darjeeling Limited, there is no doubt of their love and dedication to each other at the end of the day. Even during the bad times where you don’t think they could hate each other any more every action is done with the best intentions in mind.

“I love you too but I’m going to mace you in the face!”

Anderson really came into his vibe early on with this film, prefaced in the theaters by Hotel Chevalier, we already had a bit of back story, while not necessary for the Darjeeling Limited, it was nice to know how Jack (Schwartzman) got to where he is. There was no lack of entertainment from start to finish with Darjeeling. There are times I. His other films where I’m a bit distracted, but the flow throughout this one is so incredibly enthralling that you are able to zone out and tune in completely. Something that’s really hard to come across often these days.

So if you’ve now checked out Hotel Chevalier, but haven’t checked out the Darjeeling Limited, you should remedy that as soon as possible.


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