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Darjeeling Limited

The Darjeeling Limited is a film whose viewing experience should begin with seeing Hotel Chevalier, the free 13 minute prologue. Without seeing this prologue, there are at least two scenes in the film that become insider jokes that you will not be a part of.

Watching this movie, it is obvious just how much of a stamp Wes Anderson puts on his movies stylistically. The music for this movie, even with the Indian theme, felt exactly like Anderson‘s other films, he maintained long takes by utilizing extremely deliberate camera pans, zooms and long pauses, which makes the film both look and sound beautiful. The dialogue in this film is also a joy to behold, there are some very quick and witty moments to enjoy.

The movie features Wes Anderson regulars: Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman, with Bill Murray and Anjelica Huston playing small but memorable roles and anyone familiar with a Wes Anderson film, will be able to spot Kumar Pallana. Adrien Brody plays the part, normally reserved for Luke Wilson and does a great job (just as he did in both Dummy and King Kong), probably better than Luke would have done (to my surprise).

The film follows three lost brothers, trying to go on a spiritual journey a year after the death of their father. On the way toward this (meticulously itineraried) journey, the movie has some hilarious moments, some are cute, while others cause an outburst from the audience.

This movie has three distinct sections. In the first part, the brothers have an itinerary to take them on a spiritual journey. The second part is them stumbling on a completely different spiritual journey (a spiritual journey that seems to be in the wrong film), bringing the film to a grinding halt and it took me completely out of this film. The last part of the movie, with the brothers completely devastated tries to return to the itinerary, but it doesn’t quite work.

The problem is that the middle section of the movie doesn’t seem to fit with anything that came before it, because it was far too serious for the funny events that preceded it.

I ended up loving seeing the entire train revealed in the end, but even with that, the ending felt flat and unresolved. The other problem I had with this film is that unlike all of Wes Anderson‘s other films, I don’t want to rewatch this film over and over again (I can’t remember how many times I’ve rewatched The Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore).

Oh, one last thing, Jason Schwartzman should win an award from Apple for funniest and best timed use of an iPod throughout this film.

Thanks to The Hindu for the above pic.



October 14, 2007 4:17 am - Posted by | movie reviews, movies, music, technology

1 Comment »

  1. […] glad I did, though. This film does something that The Darjeeling Limited tried to do, but failed, the first half of the movie was almost an entirely different movie from the second half. I […]

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