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i liked the cast but i got freaked out over the scene where a young native boy is killed, and the consequent close-up of his body as he is being handed up to somebody. to this day, i don't know if he really died or was just a good 'dead' actor, jejune. either way, i did not like the visual, just as i did not enjoy the overhead-helicopter shot of michael jackson being loaded into an ambulance outside his mansion. he was on a stretcher before they loaded him into the vehicle for transport to the hospital. i said to myself, 'why? i've never seen anyone look so dead, outside of a morgue.'/ For THE DARJEELING LIMITED, there had been a lot of silly interaction between the lead actors, which was at least mildly enjoyable, but after the young fella was killed, these interactions fell flat for me.
I love Wes Anderson's work and the actors were amazing but somehow, the story just didn't do it for me.
It is interesting, reading the other comments on this movie. To an extent, people seem to be divided into those who worship Wes Anderson's movies, and those who despise them. Me, I am somewhere in the middle. I really enjoyed "Sunrise Kingdom," and "The Royal Tenenbaums." However, the "Darjeeling Express," is just too incoherent and far-fetched for me. I just cannot imagine more than 5% of what happens in the movie happening in "real life."
Pandering to an exotic idea of India as somewhere westerners go to have spiritual experiences, Wes Anderson continues the tradition of 'orientalism' few people accept without reservations or complete ignorance in their folly to be wise. Beautiful cinematography. Zero plot. Like an homage to Somerset Maugham and Samuel Beckett but doing neither justice. A picture painted to exploit artists and recognize artisans in a foreign land. Lots of activity but nothing happens. Fail better.
Not my brand of humor -- that is assuming this was supposed to be comedic. I couldn't connect with the characters -- while they have their quirks, which give some texture, what I found that stood out the most was that they were shallow and self-serving; any awareness or growth these brothers are supposed to be coming to all seems superficial. If I wanted shallow, self-serving, and/or superficial I'd hang out with 50% of the people in Freeland, 75% of the people in Langley, 84% of the people in SeattHell, 85% of the people in BHellevue, 90+% of the people in California, or 95+% of people in HolloWood. Fortunately there are better things to do and more meaningful experiences in life to be had than viewing this film -- shut it off, return it to the library, or better yet .... bin it.
EXCELLENT CAST, BUT THE FILM WAS DISAPPOINTING TO ME. TWO PAWS UP FROM ABBY TABBY AND KRISTI
It could be a matter of taste on perception, feeling and sense of humor. Wish more audience have the sensibility to resonate with the dream-like sequence visualized in this film.
Additional noteworthy, location (!!), the most beautiful train (as well as designer luggage set), and Disk 2 has a well-made documentary, interview on music score, and Wes's process of movie making!
Three brothers come together after the death of their father on a “spiritual” journey in India. Every character is incredibly unique and their mindsets are explored throughout the movie. Additionally, their relationships are detailed and explored through symbolism and conversation.
- @spaghettibro of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Three estranged brothers reunite with the planning of the oldest brother Francis and journey across India to become closer and find their mother after the passing away of their father. Unique characters each with their own quirks, this starts out as a light-hearted Wes Anderson movie, a trio of brother traveling and talking about what troubles them. For example, Francis is recovering from a motorcycle accident, which we later learn was a suicide attempt, Peter is feeling conflicted about becoming a father and Jack is an aspiring writer who is trying to get over his girlfriend. The particular cinematography was great along with the movie's color scheme and 'The Kinks' inspired soundtrack, the film is really moving.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
Terrible movie. Did not make sense. Was a total waste of time. The way it showed India was incredibly stupid! Actually an insult!
Excellent movie with lots of humor and lots of heart, but definitely not for everyone. If you enjoy Wes Anderson movies, you'll like this one. If you can't stand Wes Anderson movies, move along.
Loved this movie like I do most of Andersons movies. So tired of what passes for "humor" in most movies these days.
I hope Mr. Anderson keeps making movies for years to come.
Thought it´s a funny movie but no...about soul searching and dealing with past in very boring way. Very pointless movie.
I've been watching every Wes Anderson film and this is definitely one of his best. It mixes the strange scenery and characters with inspiring moments. There is an unspoken scene that took me completely by surprise and just blew me away. If you're not familiar with Wes Anderson, give this one a chance. It's got his funny moments, but it is also very profound.
I must be the only person that bought this movie and hated it!!!! REALLY!! you all liked it?! Huh!?!?
Had moments where I was very entertained and moments where I was bored. Great cast. I guess what you could say more than anything is that it was original. Like a collection of awkward family moments caught on film in pretty foreign settings. Didn't love it, but I liked it. Quirky.
Slipped between the pages of this quirky mild-mannered film are the major themes of loss, grief, family relationships, love relationships and finally, healing.
Three brothers gather to reconnect via a shared spiritual tour of India.
Each copes with loss in his own way; through taking on the role of a parent, through coveting and using possessions of the parent who has died, through passionate encounters.
The critic in me says it's not Wes Anderson's best, but I still inexplicably love it.
I think I've seen it 3 times, immensely rewatchable. Overall I'd put it just above Life Aquatic, below the rest.
Also, The soundtrack is amazing - made The Kinks - "Lola vs Powerman and the Moneygoround" one of my favourite albums.
hard to watch the available copy. The premise is odd but it is still a farce.
I like this movie quite a bit. Very good story. I recommend playing the short (part1) before the movie because it makes a joke in the movie make more sense.
By turns absurd, fascinating, hilarious, compelling, and deeply felt. A great film.
To this day this remains my favorite movie. It's part of my personal canon.