The Darjeeling Limited

The Darjeeling Limited ★★★★

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The Darjeeling Limited is a beautiful meditation on love, trust and death, told as a story of three brothers who set off on a journey of self-discovery. Wes Anderson's colorful frames capture the scenic beauty of India and his trademark direction adds a whimsical charm to the proceedings. Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Shwartzman are pitch perfect and have fantastic chemistry throughout. The bonding between the three of them is brought out beautifully and you see their growth as the story progresses forward.

I genuinely don't think there is any other filmmaker who could have pulled off the tonal balance like Anderson does here. The second act is an emotional gut punch and the entire portion of the kid's death is delicately handled. It communicates the importance of forgiveness in an extremely heart touching manner. Balancing something as dense as that with a humorous tale of three brother is no simple feat, yet Wes Anderson pulls it off.

However, I don't the film reaches its point quite well. It meanders a lot, especially towards the end, and I think the ending wasn't quite as impactful as it was supposed to be. Also, the plotline with the mother felt slightly bland and wasn't as rewarding or investing. But these issues aside, The Darjeeling Limited is a wonderful tale elevated by the eandearing relationship between the brothers, exceptional performances, and Wes Anderson's signature style.

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