The Darjeeling Limited Cover Family’s, huh? You can’t live with them, and you can’t chop them up into little pieces, and then serve them to your monkey. What are you gonna do? Well, personally speaking of course, I take a lot of medication myself, and watch a good film. Like this one for example. Directed by Wes Anderson; and Starring: Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, and Angelica Huston. It was made in 2007; and lasts for 91 minutes.

The Darjeeling Limited

One year after their fathers death, three brothers head on over to India, and hop board of the 'Darjeeling Limited', to begin a spiritual quest together within this tranquil train.

Now the first brother is called Francis (Owen Wilson), he is the controlling one of the three, who instigated this journey because of an accident he had, which left his faced partially bandaged. Next there is Peter (Adrien Brody), he is the reluctant one out of the three, who is an expectant father that has left his wife behind. Plus finally there is Jack (Jason Schwartzman), he is the literal one out of the three, who has an unfortunate habit of falling for dangerous women.

OK, that may all be well and good. But what do the brother's get up to on this train, huh? Anything interesting with Bill Murray? Hmmm. No. Instead, the brothers get reacquainted with each others ways anew, whilst hopping on and off at the designated stops, just so they can experience an Indian inspired way of life. For example; Francis prays. Peter buys a snake. Plus Jack sleeps with an Indian charge hand.

However, as time passes, Francis is forced to tells his brothers the real reason behind this quest – to meet their estranged mother (Angelica Huston) – which prompts the brothers to argue, fight, but ultimately get kicked off of the train, and to venture into the unknown.


Pretty bad turn of event, right? Though to make it even worse, the brothers come across three young boys whose boat has just capsized in a turbulent stream. And then, when they all attempt to save these soggy sods, one of them dies in the chaos.


Can it get any worse than that? Errr - yes and no I suppose. Because on the one hand, the dead boys father praises the brothers for trying their best in attempt to save his unfortunate son. Whilst on the other hand, at the dead boy’s funeral, Francis, Peter, and Jack, recollect their own Fathers funeral, and how this morbid event divided them as a family, mainly because their own Mother did not bother to show up.


Well, I suppose that is why what next transpires is a right strange affair indeed. As departures leads to arrivals - mothers have three new rivals - brother's share a bond - and a Indian train does look a bit blonde.

Like the chaps in this picture, I am a brother of three as well. So I know what it is like to be a part of a trio who feels obligated to connect on a familiar level. Listen now, don't get me wrong, me and my brothers get on really well considering that we are very different characters by nature. But come on, lets face it, this cannot always be the case, huh? Everybody's different. Everybody looks at things in a different way. And everybody has a different style and manner that needs to be accepted and not shied away from.

And do you know what? Funnily enough this rational reminds me of this flick too.

Though you have to remember that before you watch 'The Darjeeling Limited', that this is a Wes Anderson movie. And, just like most of this directors other projects, you have to expect a certain type of cosmetic and stilted exuberance, which has a very alternate and vivid vibe to it.

The Darjeeling Limited

OK, so what the f*ck do I mean by that, huh? Well, for a start, where the production design is concerned, there is an almost fifties comic book sheen to this piece - as the scenes are overtly staged, and all of the auxiliary paraphernalia is precisionary planted and crafted to match. Next, where the actors are concerned, there is a strange amount of cerebral lethargy that guides their movements and their pace - almost as if they were somehow synchronized with the cosmetics of this movie, as well as the story in itself. And finally, where the story is concerned, there is heart at the center of this flick - because like with most of Wes' other films, it is something that you can feel in the way that the plot develops, and how the actors behave.

Moreover, there are also additional exuberant touches in this film too. Like the slow-motion camera work that synchronizes with the design. The caption like narrative that breaks up the story. And the incidental mood music that combines the whole package together.

The Brothers in The Darjeeling Limited

However, taking all of this into consideration, does that make ‘The Darjeeling Limited’ a good film or a bad film in repose? Hmmm? In my opinion – a good film – but generally speaking, not everybody’s cups of tea.

I am used to Wes’s films by now you see, so I kind of know what to expect when I watch one. So if you pick this one up, and hope to find some sort of gala extravaganza filled with special effects, car chases, action, and blatant sexual nudity – you're sh*t out of luck. Whereas if you want a story about three brothers who go on a quest in search for one thing, only to discover something completely different instead – you have hit the jack-pot.

There is no grand emotional climax at the end of this film you know – not visually anyway. Rather, there is a supple character convergence that feels personal in nature, and allows this open-ended movie to reach a satisfactory conclusion.

The Darjeeling Limited

Well, I found it satisfactory anyway, just like how I found all the songs that were played in this film. In a strange way, all the songs aided the cosmetic and sculpted structure of this film, as if it was a rather lavish music movie with a plot. Also, on an end note, I have to state that all the actors really did a bang up job. Adrien does that bewildered thing he does. Owen plays the control-freak for a change. Jason was the seventies throw-back with a twist. And Angelica is my angel, no matter her age. Overall, just a great presentation. Right Adrian?

Sod you then.