Thursday, July 3, 2008

Movie: The Darjeeling Limited

We are big fans of Wes Anderson's work; We loved The Royal Tennenbaums and we liked Bottle Rocket and The Aquatic Life of Steve Zissou. So we were excited when we heard about The Darjeeling Limited starring Owen Wilson and the guy from The Pianist (Adrien Brody) with cameos from Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, and Natalie Portman.

The Darjeeling Limited is about three brothers who end up going on a spiritual journey to India after they have grown apart three years after their father's death. The older brother (Owen Wilson) has organized the whole trip with elaborate stops and rituals on a train ride that secretly is taking them to see their mother, who didn't attend their father's funeral, and whom they haven't seen since. The middle brother (Adrien Brody) has become a hoarder of his fathers things, including a pair of prescription sunglasses he wears throughout the movie. The youngest brother (Jason Schwartzman) has just broken up with his girlfriend (Natalie Portman) in the short film Hotel Chevalier and keeps writing stories about true events, but claiming they are fictional.

Quick vote: We were so excited for this film, we wanted to love it so much. But it failed. Crashed and burned. This movie tries so hard to be indie and different and cool and eclectic, that it ends up being two hours of disjointed nothingness with a cool soundtrack. Don't see it. And bite anyone that recommends it to you.

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