The last Wes Anderson film I’ve never seen had to be watched. The Darjeeling Limited is definitely the film I knew about the list. Other than having Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman in it I knew nothing at all. I rather enjoyed The Darjeeling Limited and give it the rating of Decent Watch.
A year after their father’s funeral, three brothers, Francis (Owen Wilson), Peter (Adrian Brody), and Jack (Jason Schwartzman), travel across India by train in an attempt to bond and reconnect with each other.
The characters are all broken, but have some very great character elements. Francis is controlling and seeks to be the patriarch of the group. Jack is the writer who uses his personal pain as a source for his writing and seems to be the romantic of the group. I have a harder time nailing down Peter, but he seems to want to be adored by the people he is with. The three work really well together and thanks to the short that is on the DVD you get to spend a little more time with Jack and his ex-girlfriend who is played by Natalie Portman.
This isn’t my favorite film, but it’s definitely another solid Wes Anderson film. Bill Murray and Anjelica Huston show up again, but in very small roles. The characters are quirky, but the story wasn’t as compelling as some of the other Anderson films. I wish I’d saved The Life Aquatic for my last of his films. I definitely think my favorite is still Rushmore and Grand Budapest Hotel.
Wes Anderson makes some very quirky films with interesting stories. Darjeeling Limited has many of the aspects that I enjoy, but something was missing. It seems it may have been more of a character study than some of the other films. It may also be a side effect of me watching it first thing in the morning.