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This is seeking a niche of art-house weird and does it with an all star cast on good form, good script and nice production values. You can Concentrate on the plentiful good parts in this: I can see why this film has its fans. I appreciate it's intelligence and originality. The mini short story prequel, multiple star cameos, side trips into rural India, believeable quirks, charming touches, self mockery... it all adds up to a very nice cup of tea. I loved the conductor: Just one of many fine ways the director reminded us we were in India!
I was disappointed the scene scouts had not done a better job. The actual Darjeeling railway was perhaps too complex, small, too tight in every way for a big film crew and logistically challenging. But what about other more scenic areas? And the other issue I struggled with was some of the gratuitous language and behaviour, even allowing for an attempt at stupidly dysfunctional.
That said I came away entertained and impressed. Not many others in this genre, it will stand out in the annals of cinema and has a place in my DVD librbary/
I have enjoyed Wes Anderson's films before but sadly not this one all his films are what the mericans call 'left field' and quirky but this is one that escapes me. Sure the plot is believable and the locations good but too much of it grated especially Owen Wilson who i have never liked watching save for 'the Woody Allen Paris film,ditto Jason Schwartzman who makes me just want to give him a slap! also found the Hotel Chevailer short totally irrelevant also the sex scene with the train girl . The only bright spot was the acting of Adrian Brody always good to watch he was also superb in 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' and the under used Anjelica Houston Sorry Wes nice try !
'The Darjeeling Limited' is another kooky gem from Wes Anderson and if you know 'The Life Aquatic' or 'Royal Tenenbaums', then you'll know what to expect. The direction is very stylised but completely captivating. Owen Wilson is hilarious, as are Adrian Brody and Jason Schwartzman. The relationship between the brothers is very believable and the dialogue and their familiarity add real appeal to the overall story. There are many wonderful scenes and I found Brody's dry delivery of some lines only heightened the humour in them. The storyline is charming, about reconnecting with family and resolving past issues, and it meanders along at a gentle pace, but manages to hold you attention for the whole duration. There is also a short film at the start involving Schwartzman and Natalie Portman which is both touching and a serendipitous addition. I thoroughly enjoyed this film and would recommend it to all fans of Anderson's past work.
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Quirky travelogue across India with a trio searching for adventure, romance and family reconciliation. On their way meantime dealing with tragedy and turmoil of life in India, the trio held together with their care and compassion for others - They continue though through more trials and tribulations, with madcap feuding of grievances between themselves. Amusing at times, the story ought to be credible but seems to challenge desires for another watch.
The film was fantastic full of humour and great comedic timing. Also many gorgeous views and colours. I enjoyed the bonus short film that accompanied it, Hotel Chevalier, as an extra. It is closer in tone to Moonrise Kingdom that The Life Aquatic, but there is still adventure and wonder.