CRITIQUE (short): The Darjeeling Limited

I went to see The Darjeeling Limited last night. Now, I’m still undecided on whether I’m disappointed or not. Wes Anderson’s films can hardly disappoint, seeing that they are among the best pieces of celluloid ever. His latest film is, despite all, to be included in this category.

Beside a little struggle in finding its theme/message, it’s a beautifully crafted work of art. The three protagonists (Jason Schwartzmann, Owen Wilson and Adrien Brody) act well, although their performances suffer from trying too hard; they all want to be the coolest cat in this rat pack. As any film, it could use a bit more Bill Murray. Anderson masters the use of props (here: the unique set of luggage, Owen Wilson’s „these are 3000 dollar loafers“, Brody’s sunglasses with his dad’s correction still in them) better than any of his contemporary filmmakers.

My main issue with this film is that it seems not to know if it should take the whole spirituality-thing seriously – should it draw it into ridiculousness, should it treat it with respect out of fear of blasphemy. With that, after the first viewing of the film, I’m not sure whether the movie was serious about any message or if it should just be an enjoyable array of loveable yet quirky [„quirky“ needs to be in every Anderson review, I gather] characters, an interesting situation for a family to be in, good dialogue and, yes, props.

Once I will have gathered more thoughts on the film, I might re-critique it. So bear with me.