The Darjeeling Limited
So I just finished watching The Darjeeling Limited, by Wes Anderson. Surprisingly, I’ve never seen any of his other movies, although The Fantastic Mr Fox and the Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou have both been on my list for a while. I’m definitely going to be checking out those + more, because this film was just beautiful. And funny! And sad! And awesome.
It’s about three brothers, estranged since their father’s funeral. The eldest (Owen Wilson) lures the younger two (Adrian Brody aka my lover, and Jason Schwartzman) onto a train in Jodhpur, India called the Darjeeling Limited. It’s a gorgeous train, apparently borrowed from an Indian train company by Anderson and then decorated especially for the film. The brothers basically have an impromptu and not-according-to-plan (despite a lot of planning) spiritual quest that takes them into the lives of many strangers and into small Indian villages, convents, the desert, buses and more trains.
It is beautiful for many reasons. It’s set in India (on my top ten places to travel immediately list), which in and of itself is just so full of colour and life. Add to that the amazing decoration of the train, Wes Anderson’s shots, and the costumes and luggage (designed by Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton) and you have yourself one beautiful movie. It also manages to be very funny. Like really funny. But it doesn’t shy away from being sad or uncomfortable either. I really like the way it was filmed. The soundtrack, also, is very good. It’s very mellow and I’m listening to it right now.
All in all, very enjoyable. Go see now!