Wes Anderson is one of the most acclaimed directors working today, as most of his quirky filmography has been praised by critics and viewers alike. Bottle rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise kingdom, Y The Grand Budapest Hotel They are all modern classics that have a lot of substance to back up their distinctive visual style.
In some cases, mixed critical reception is the result of the film not living up to the reputation of the filmmaker, such as Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, but a film that did not receive as much affection from the public as it deserved is The Darjeeling Limited.
10 Accurately reflect the brotherhood
The conversations between Francis, Peter and Jack in The Darjeeling Limited they accurately reflect the way siblings communicate. They struggle to tell each other how they really feel and disagree on almost everything.
Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman share impeccable chemistry as leads in the film, making their brother’s dynamic ring true.
9 It’s packed with great performances
As with all Anderson films, The Darjeeling Limited it is packed with great performance. He’s obviously anchored by Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and the unforgettable dynamic of Jason Schwartzman as three brothers.
But all of the supporting actors give excellent performances too, including Amara Karan, Wallace Wolodarsky, Irrfan Khan, and Bill Murray, who makes a lasting impression with a short cameo.
8 It’s Anderson’s most spiritual movie
Since Rushmorelove triangle a The Royal Tenenbaums‘suicide attempt, all Wes Anderson films have dealt with heavy emotional travel, but The Darjeeling Limited it is his most overtly spiritual film.
Francis initially invites his brothers to India so that they can go on a spiritual journey together, and although that turns out to be half true, the spiritual journey they undertake is very real.
7 The film’s arc captures the stages of pain
As The Darjeeling Limited takes place a year after the death of the brothers’ father, they are already quite mourning when the film begins. The arc of their journey perfectly captures the stages of the duel.
The midpoint, in particular, where siblings try and fail to save a child from drowning, contributes a lot to this arc. Attending the child’s funeral puts everything in perspective for the first time.
6 The Indian scene comes to life with Robert Yeoman’s cinematography
After finding beauty in places like West Texas and New York City in their previous collaborations, Anderson and his cinematographer Robert Yeoman brought the Indian scene to The Darjeeling Limited to life with magnificent images.
The film’s cinematography has a lot of Yeoman’s usual naturalistic lighting, but the sunny locations and colorful clothing allowed for a bright, vibrant palette.
5 Flexible script structure allows for more internal conflicts
Written by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman, the loosely structured screenplay for The Darjeeling Limited He has more internal than external conflicts: Francis lies about the true intention of the trip, Peter is unsure of his marriage, and Jack is processing his emotions through his writing.
Anderson said in an interview with Charlie Rose that the three writers actually took a train trip through India while working on the script.
4 Anderson’s soundtrack options are dynamite as usual
As usual, Anderson’s soundtrack options on The Darjeeling Limited They are impressive. Notably, the film features three Kinks songs, all played over Anderson’s signature slow-motion shots: “This Time Tomorrow” when Peter runs to the train in the opening scene, “Strangers” when the brothers leave the boy’s funeral. and they reflect on their own pain, and “Powerman” as they run to the train in the final scene and ditch all of their late father’s suitcases.
The soundtrack also features licensed songs from other artists like Peter Sarstedt and the Rolling Stones, and Joe Dassin’s “Les Champs-Élysées” pairs perfectly with the ending credits. In addition, Anderson mixes a lot of film soundtracks from Indian cinema to soak up the stage.
3 Anjelica Huston shows up at the right time
Just when The Darjeeling Limited is starting to lag behind, the siblings meet their mother, played by The Royal Tenenbaums‘Anjelica Huston – who abandoned them.
Huston shows up at just the right time to keep the character interested. Reuniting with his mother makes Francis confess that his accident was actually a suicide attempt.
two Moves seamlessly between whimsical comedy and heartbreaking drama
Overall, Wes Anderson’s style can be described as a melancholic mix of comedy and drama, spanning the entire spectrum of human emotions with funny moments, sad moments, and everything in between.
In The Darjeeling Limited, Anderson seamlessly jumps between whimsical comedy and heartbreaking drama. Wait a second, the brothers will be fighting. The next, they will desperately try to save some children from drowning, and will fail one charge.
1 The final scene has the perfect visual metaphor for letting go of emotional baggage.
By last, The Darjeeling Limited it’s about letting go of emotional baggage. The three brothers have not spoken to each other since their father’s funeral, and they still hold on to many feelings between themselves and their parents.
In the final scene, they drop their luggage in a literal sense, throwing the luggage that belonged to their dead father as they try to catch the train.
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