The Darjeeling Limited
I had no particular thoughts about this movie before watching it, except I knew it was a comedy, and it stars Owen Wilson. I usually like films he’s in because they’re all kind of wacky with the sort of humour I like, so decided to give this one a bash. And all I can really say is it was all right. Not bad, not excellent, just somewhere in the middle. It wasn’t as funny as I was expecting, but there were definitely humorous parts.
The basic plot is about three brothers who haven’t seen each other for a year, since their beloved father’s funeral. They’ve all been living their lives and have somehow lost the bond they once had. Currently they’re all having problems of their own, so they take a train journey across India with the aim of “finding themselves” and healing their fractured relationship. There’s also the matter of their mother, who is living in a convent in the foothills of the Himalayas. The two youngest brothers (played by Adrien Brody and Jason Schwatzman) have no idea but their big brother Francis (Owen Wilson) has planned for the three of them to go and visit her.
However, their journey does not go as planned and they’re soon veering wildly off the itinerary and they end up taking a completely unplanned journey. It is here where they really start to talk and get close again, and start to become the brothers they once were.
A pretty different film to the one I was expecting – funny but also quite deep, The Darjeeling Limited won’t be making it into my list of favourite films, but it was a giggle at times. I’ve seen much worse! So I’d say, don’t go out of your way to watch it, but if it’s on anywhere, or someone already has it, then go for it.