Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Darjeeling Limited (2007, Wes Anderson)

**½
USA



Various quirky misadventures befall Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman and Adrien Brody playing depressed brothers on a quirky spiritual quest aboard a quirky, lumbering locomotive traversing the cleanest parts of India. It's ironic that moving out of an oppressively art directed studio has resulted in Wes Anderson's first thoroughly airless picture. The trouble isn't in the rigid visual composition, cutesy humour or self-consciously hipster soundtrack so much as it is in the hollowness of the protagonists. Their crises feel cursory. They only serve to accentuate the artifice of the whole venture. Anjelica Huston pops up towards the end and breathes some life into the story, but it's too little too late.

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