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The Darjeeling Limited Movie Poster

The Darjeeling Limited
Four out of Five Stars
Genre: Adventure/Comedy/Drama
Rated: R
Directed by:
Wes Anderson
Starring:
Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston, Amara Karan
Released by: Fox Searchlight Pictures

In Short: Quirky characters, colorful scenery and excellent luggage make this a lyrical, multi-textured journey.   

Spicy, sour and sweet
Poetry in Motion
by Andrew Bender

They had us at the luggage. The dozen or so valises in a matching set by Marc Jacobs—orange leather festooned with jungle creatures—are our first glimpse into this exotic and quirky family journey.

It begins when Francis Whitman (Owen Wilson) recruits his estranged brothers to go on a spiritual trip through India. An ugly crash on his motorcycle has left Francis bruised and bandaged, and brothers Peter (Adrien Brody) and Jack (Jason Schwartzman) have inner bruises of their own. None of these men has been the same since the death of their father a year earlier.

Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman in The Darjeeling Limited Jason Schwartzman and Amara Karan in The Darjeeling Limited

Francis plans out a meticulously-timed train itinerary, which surely you’ve figured doesn’t go as planned, but that’s part of the journey, isn’t it? Instead, the brothers trek through landscapes simultaneously golden and dusty, and cities hustling and colorful, all while toting that envy-inducing luggage. Each local person they encounter looks like a work of art. If you’ve got an itch to travel, you will be scratching it the whole time.

Anjelica Huston in The Darjeeling Limited Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman in The Darjeeling Limited

There are no grand moments of derring-do or oomph—the brothers fall in lust, get stranded, attend a funeral. Even a meeting with their long-lost mom (Anjelica Huston, who’s become a nun in a remote Indian province) has more fizzle than sizzle. But Anderson’s films (including “Rushmore” and “The Royal Tenenbaums”) are not about grand moments; they’re intimate observations of loveable oddballs. Chimerical storytelling and a lyrical pace make this film affecting and timeless, kind of a reverie for today's hipsters who may not know the meaning of the word.

Note: A prologue short film, "Hotel Chevalier," can be downloaded for free via www.itunes.com.



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(Updated 09/28/07 AK)

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