Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Darjeeling Limited

Posted on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 4:00 AM

**
The Darjeeling Limited
Studio: Fox Searchlight
Rated: R
Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson
Director: Wes Anderson
WorkNameSort: Darjeeling Limited, The
Our Rating: 2.00
Judging by his latest, The Darjeeling Limited, it appears that director Wes Anderson might have expended his considerable gifts on his previous movies. Since his debut, Bottle Rocket, and its follow-up, Rushmore, his output has been slipping, growing more eccentric and more interested in style over substance. Darjeeling, his first outright failure, is a modern fairy tale of three brothers divided by the recent death of their beloved father; they reunite for a week-long train journey in India filled with color, poisonous snakes and confessions. The pacing is gruelingly slow, with too much attention paid to needless cinematic flourishes (like low-motion shots of the characters running) that the simple beauty of the performances by Jason Schwartzman, Adrien Brody and a subdued Owen Wilson are overshadowed by the need to check your watch. Interestingly enough, the Jean-Luc Godard-styled short film that precedes Darjeeling and serves as its prologue, Hotel Chevalier, is more fun (which has nothing to do with the fact that Natalie Portman gets naked in it).

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