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In THE DARJEELING LIMITED, from director Wes Anderson (Rushmore, Fantastic Mr. Fox), three estranged American brothers reunite for a meticulously planned, soul-searching train voyage across India, one year after the death of their father. For reasons involving over-the-counter painkillers, Indian cough syrup, and pepper spray, the brothers eventually find themselves stranded alone in the middle of the desert—where a new, unplanned chapter of their journey begins. Featuring a sensational cast, including Owen Wilson (Armageddon, Wedding Crashers), Adrien Brody (The Thin Red Line, The Pianist), Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore, HBO’s Bored to Death), and Anjelica Huston (Prizzi’s Honor, The Grifters), THE DARJEELING LIMITED is a visually dazzling and hilarious film that takes Anderson’s work to richer, deeper places than ever before.
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A story of three brothers traveling through India; this tale will have you scratching your head from time to time. It is amazing how the director always acomplishes a feeling of familiarity and weirdness that makes each movie a rare jewl in their own terms. This movie is not for everybody, some of my friends have found it to be boring and pointless, but like I said above, if you have seen any of the movies I've listed, then you will pretty much understand the formula of each.
At its current price, The Darjeeling Limited shouldn't be passed. I would recommend you watch the ones listed above to truly appreciate Wes Anderson's style. This has been another weird, yet familiar ride that I enjoyed from start to credits.
"Darjeeling" has the elements we have come to expect from Anderson: eccentric characters, exploration of family (and family-like) relationships, beautiful visuals and settings, interesting music. etc. And, of course, it features some of the familiar family of actors who have appeared in previous films, including Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Anjelica Huston and Bill Murray.
This is not to say that Anderson's films are all the same. Each is a unique journey, but the writer/director has put his stamp on them to make each a "Wes Anderson" film, as surely as other great directors have done. Where but in a Wes Anderson film could a train get lost and go off course?
If you have enjoyed other Anderson films, you will definitely want to see "Darjeeling." If you have not seen any of his previous films, you might start with this one and/or "Rushmore." In many ways, these two films may be his most accessible.
Although the movie is wonderful, the DVD is somewhat disappointing. The packaging is very plain and the only extras are the "Hotel Chevalier" short and a making-of documentary. No commentary track or other extras. Guess we have to wait for the Criterion Collection DVD for those.
The Criterion Blu-Ray is really gorgeous, but I gotta say the regular DVD, non-Criterion release still has quite a nice image. Go for the Criterion if you can, but if cost is a big factor better to get the plain old DVD than not get the film at all.