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 named the 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 pregnant (7 and a half months along) and she doesn’t know he on this trip. Schwartzman’s character Jack is an odd writer who is looking 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 with Wes Anderson directing. He does a great job of directing these three characters to a strange world which usually seems believable. The sibling rivalry and family tension can be seen as humorous or painful, depending on your own family history. He showed the comedy and even tragedy in scenes without overplaying or underplaying the other.
The three main actors need to make a sequel or at least another movie together. These characters are too interesting to leave after just one movie. I would highly recommend this movie if you like Anderson's previous films or enjoy the three main actors' films.
I also have to say the idea of the camera mounted on the train to show the landscape of India as the end credits go by is a great way to end the movie.
**** out of **** I first watched Wes Anderson's "The Darjeeling Limited" about two-to-three years ago. It was my first film in terms of the writer-director-auteur, and it wasn't exactly a warm welcome to his wonderful world. I found it dry, sporadically funny and sometimes amusing, but nonetheless hollow at its core. It was lacking in both sincerity and depth for me. Then I saw "Rushmore", "The Royal Tenenbaums", "Bottle Rocket", "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou", and … more
`The Darjeeling Limited,' should be evaluated by how much mirth and wisdom it provides. The film comes across like a train wreck, giving us a fresh take on the familiar culture clash between East and West. While watching this film, I kept thinking of The Beatles and their films. One reason is that the three brothers presented run (madcap) through the titled Indian train; the other is that they journey through the heart of India searching for wisdom. At the start of the movie … more
If you haven't cared for Wes Anderson movies in the past, THE DARJEELING LIMITED will probably not help you get over that hurdle. In my opinion, his flat-out funniest film is still THE ROYAL TENNANBAUMS...but if you don't like that, it's hard to imagine you would like DARJEELING. On the other hand, if you're a fan of the quirky, dead-pan, drier than dust humor, coupled with unorthodox camera work (a motionless camera, or a camera that moves side to side but seldom in and … more
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The Darjeeling Limited is a 2007 American comedy film directed by Wes Anderson, and starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman. It was written by Anderson, Schwartzman, and Roman Coppola. The film also stars Waris Ahluwalia, Amara Karan, Barbet Schroeder, and Anjelica Huston, with Natalie Portman, Camilla Rutherford, Irrfan Khan and Bill Murray in cameo roles.
The protagonists are three American brothers: Francis, Peter, and Jack Whitman, who haven't seen each other for a year, since their father's funeral. The film begins as they meet each other in a train that travels through India, which is named The Darjeeling Limited.