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jonz mahone
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"Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited"


  

          

  

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interesting post
Sep 30th 2007
1
lol
Oct 03rd 2007
5
dope movie saw it yesterday with the mrs.
Oct 01st 2007
2
oh its out?
Oct 01st 2007
3
right? who knew.
Oct 03rd 2007
6
I liked this movie a lot, though I can't put my finger on why.
Oct 03rd 2007
4
Psyched about this movie
Oct 03rd 2007
7
It hasn't been released wide yet (and may not be at all)
Oct 03rd 2007
8
Ya I can't find this anywhere
Oct 03rd 2007
9
Link.
Oct 03rd 2007
10
RE: Arundel Mills' MUVICO
Oct 16th 2007
61
I, also, liked this movie a lot.
Oct 03rd 2007
11
much better than "life aquatic"
Oct 04th 2007
12
RE: much better than "life aquatic"
Oct 04th 2007
16
RE: much better than "life aquatic"
Oct 04th 2007
17
      At this point, it's safe to say that he won't.
Oct 04th 2007
18
      RE: much better than "life aquatic"
Oct 04th 2007
21
      RE: much better than "life aquatic"
Oct 04th 2007
22
           lol @ that girl
Oct 04th 2007
23
                RE: lol @ that girl
Oct 04th 2007
30
                     no need to be overly formal
Oct 04th 2007
32
      This & The Life Aquatic is the reason I probably wont see it
Oct 11th 2007
52
well, that's saying something
Oct 04th 2007
25
RE: Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited
Oct 04th 2007
13
According to Fandango, it's not playing in or near Philadelphia,
Oct 04th 2007
14
      RE: According to Fandango, it's not playing in or near Philadelphia,
Oct 04th 2007
29
           It's on at the Ritz Theaters
Oct 08th 2007
38
I wanted to see that
Oct 04th 2007
15
oh and the music was fantastic
Oct 04th 2007
19
Cosign everything but the "Fuck Jason Schwartzman" tirade.
Oct 04th 2007
20
RE: Cosign everything but the "Fuck Jason Schwartzman" tirade.
Oct 04th 2007
24
Yes!
Oct 04th 2007
27
Wes Anderson's Unbearable Whiteness (swipe)
Oct 04th 2007
26
yeah it's not *just* whiteness
Oct 04th 2007
28
... by Jonah Weiner
Oct 04th 2007
31
lol true
Oct 04th 2007
33
      I was just making a joke
Oct 06th 2007
36
that...and he's totally averse to letting characters convey real emotion
Oct 05th 2007
34
cmon.
Oct 06th 2007
35
Wes Anderson's Unbearable Whiteness...
Oct 20th 2007
65
admittedly i was half expecting the train conductor to whip out....
Oct 22nd 2007
70
After my 2nd viewing today...
Oct 07th 2007
37
^^^^positive vibes.
Oct 08th 2007
39
RE: After my 2nd viewing today...
Oct 08th 2007
40
RE: After my 2nd viewing today...
Oct 08th 2007
41
      I see
Oct 10th 2007
46
RE: After my 2nd viewing today...
Oct 08th 2007
42
RE: After my 2nd viewing today...
Oct 09th 2007
43
      LOL
Oct 10th 2007
47
ok.
Oct 09th 2007
44
I would have left if I was not there with someone else...shit was SUPER ...
Oct 10th 2007
45
OCT 26th!!! PROVIDENCE!! YYYAAAAAAAAAYYYYY!
Oct 10th 2007
48
i have to download itunes to download the short?
Oct 11th 2007
49
I'm sure it's on YouTube by now
Oct 11th 2007
50
awesome film, everything i expected.
Oct 11th 2007
51
I guess I'm just not a Wes Anderson fan
Oct 12th 2007
53
I enjoyed it, but I'm starting to think
Oct 13th 2007
54
I thought the movie was delightful. One of his best.
Oct 14th 2007
55
Great little film.
Oct 14th 2007
56
RE: Great little film.
Nov 04th 2007
71
is this funny?
Oct 14th 2007
57
Some parts are funny.
Oct 15th 2007
59
RE: Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited
Oct 15th 2007
58
RE: Very funny movie
Oct 16th 2007
60
the pepper spray fight scene was good stuff
Oct 22nd 2007
69
Finally out in Seattle !
Oct 17th 2007
62
10 days later, my opinion of this film keeps dropping
Oct 18th 2007
63
I have a couple questions... *SPOILERS*
Oct 20th 2007
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RE: I have a couple questions... *SPOILERS*
Oct 22nd 2007
68
i have mixed feeling about this film.
Oct 22nd 2007
66
it was okay
Oct 22nd 2007
67
i really liked the first 2/3... then it got kinda pretentious (spoilers)
Nov 04th 2007
72
"spoilers" are not possible for wes anderson films anymore
Nov 05th 2007
73
RE: Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited
Nov 05th 2007
74
You know what you're getting with Wes but it's still enjoyable...
Nov 05th 2007
75
The Darjeeling Limited
May 22nd 2008
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Ice Kareem
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1. "interesting post"
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5. "lol"
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2. "dope movie saw it yesterday with the mrs."
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3. "oh its out?"
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i wanna see it

  

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4. "I liked this movie a lot, though I can't put my finger on why."
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Maybe more later

And the Hotel Chevalier short that was shown before the movie was pretty cool as well

Maybe more later

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7. "Psyched about this movie"
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Two Questions:
1.) Where are they showing this movie b/c I can't find it in DC yet?

2.) I downloaded Hotel Chevalier & I wasn't sure if I should watch it before or after I see the movie.

Any ideas?

  

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8. "It hasn't been released wide yet (and may not be at all)"
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But you can check here

http://www.foxsearchlight.com/thedarjeelinglimited/

There's also a link somewhere on the page concerning free screenings


And I would recommend seeing the short before you see the movie

It's even labeled "Part 1 of The Darjeeling Limited"

And the film itself is labeled Part 2
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9. "Ya I can't find this anywhere"
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I was hoping to go see it this weekend, but I can't find any theaters in Oregon that's it's opening in. Is this weekend limited release or wide?

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10. "Link."
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http://www.fandango.com/thedarjeelinglimited_103484/movietimes?date=10/5/2007

  

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61. "RE: Arundel Mills' MUVICO"
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in Hanover, MD. 40 mins. NE of the District.

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11. "I, also, liked this movie a lot."
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It had all the Anderson touches: music, comedy, set & prop details, his usual players (the Indian guy from Royal Tenenbaums, Bill Murray, and Angelica), etc.

  

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12. "much better than "life aquatic""
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not as good as rushmore and tenenbaums, though.

for a 90 minute film, it felt long. the middle section dragged quite a bit and i'm not sure why. none of it was really that boring or anything.

the movie is absolutely beautiful and they do a great job of capturing the color of india. probably because they shot on location, the movie doesn't feel nearly as sterile or manufactured as some of his other work, which is nice

and i loved that kumar was just hanging out in the background for the first half of the movie. dude makes me laugh just sitting there

  

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16. "RE: much better than "life aquatic""
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>not as good as rushmore and tenenbaums, though.
>
wow, we're completely opposite. i go life aquatic >>>>>> darjeeling >>>>>>>>> tenembaums >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> rushmore

>for a 90 minute film, it felt long. the middle section dragged
>quite a bit and i'm not sure why. none of it was really that
>boring or anything.

it certainly felt long. there were a few points from about 15 minutes from the actual end to the actual end where it could've and i thought probably shouldve ended...particularly when they left the mom in nepal, i thought it would end shortly after that....

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17. "RE: much better than "life aquatic""
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>>not as good as rushmore and tenenbaums, though.
>>
>wow, we're completely opposite. i go life aquatic >>>>>>
>darjeeling >>>>>>>>> tenembaums >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> rushmore

man, i'm really adamant about my "rushmore" fandom. i honestly don't think he'll make a better movie than "rushmore." and our lists ARE exactly opposite! i think he struggled in "life aquatic" because he had too many characters and each of them were just imbued with a quirk and were more props than even characters.


>>for a 90 minute film, it felt long. the middle section
>dragged
>>quite a bit and i'm not sure why. none of it was really that
>>boring or anything.
>
>it certainly felt long. there were a few points from about 15
>minutes from the actual end to the actual end where it
>could've and i thought probably shouldve ended...particularly
>when they left the mom in nepal, i thought it would end
>shortly after that....

i had read the script and knew what was going to happen and was surprised when i felt the film should be almost over before they even met their mom, but i knew there was at least 30 minutes of movie left.

  

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18. "At this point, it's safe to say that he won't."
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>i honestly
>don't think he'll make a better movie than "rushmore."


>i had read the script and knew what was going to happen and
>was surprised when i felt the film should be almost over
>before they even met their mom, but i knew there was at least
>30 minutes of movie left.

Luckily for me, this was the one time I forgot my watch...

I personally thought the length was fine. I was engaged the entire time.
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21. "RE: much better than "life aquatic""
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>>>for a 90 minute film, it felt long. the middle section
>>dragged
>>>quite a bit and i'm not sure why. none of it was really
>that
>>>boring or anything.
>>
>>it certainly felt long. there were a few points from about
>15
>>minutes from the actual end to the actual end where it
>>could've and i thought probably shouldve
>ended...particularly
>>when they left the mom in nepal, i thought it would end
>>shortly after that....
>
>i had read the script and knew what was going to happen and
>was surprised when i felt the film should be almost over
>before they even met their mom, but i knew there was at least
>30 minutes of movie left.

There were about 5 points were I thought and was hoping it would end because I had to take the biggest piss of my life.

I was at The Landmark, and it sounded like Wes and Roman rushed over from the Aero. They started the movie late to buy them time and he was still a little late. Jason and Adrien were already there.

There was a reception in the area between the Nordstrom and the theaters where they were giving out packs of the "savoury snacks" from the movie as well as packs of sweet lime mix. Wes and the guys were pretty accessible and crowd was pretty small.

Everything was free and they never even checked for a Film Independent membership.

  

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22. "RE: much better than "life aquatic""
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yeah i was at the Aero. some people asked some fucking retarded questions, and one girl shrieked when wes said "400 blows" was an influence.

would've liked to see what adrien had to say about the movie. i've seen like 7 of the exact same article interviewing jason all saying the same thing.

  

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23. "lol @ that girl"
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>yeah i was at the Aero. some people asked some fucking
>retarded questions, and one girl shrieked when wes said "400
>blows" was an influence.

that girl was the one with the dude outside that was asking people to let them in the backdoor for a hundred bones. i said yeah...the dude gave me 40 and i gave them my ticket stubs and went back in

they didnt get in using my ticket stubs but got in some other way later...so i felt bad and rather than askin for the rest of my 100, i gave them back the 40..why am i such a sucker?

>
>would've liked to see what adrien had to say about the movie.
>i've seen like 7 of the exact same article interviewing jason
>all saying the same thing.

brody was good. but u could sort of tell he was the odd man out..the new cat in the wes anderson crew, not to mention i dont usually see him as a comedy actor.

not to point fingers at you, or the other dude that went to the landmark, but im really annoyed by these fans that call all these dudes by their first names like theyre really your pals. "what was it like NOT writing with OWEN this time..."

im like nigga, u dont know OWEN...it just comes off really corny to me.

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30. "RE: lol @ that girl"
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hah, would you rather people say "so mr anderson, how was it writing a film with mr schwartzman instead of mr wilson? needlessly formal, i'd say

  

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32. "no need to be overly formal"
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>hah, would you rather people say "so mr anderson, how was it
>writing a film with mr schwartzman instead of mr wilson?
>needlessly formal, i'd say

but i dont think it would be terribly difficult or awkward to use their entire name at least the first time u refer to them. i mean, god forbid, what if someone in the audience didnt know who NOAH was? or didn't know who your cinematographer was on Bottle Rocket? or whatever the hell else. it was such a fanboy fest...gross.

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52. "This & The Life Aquatic is the reason I probably wont see it"
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i honestly
>don't think he'll make a better movie than "rushmore."

  

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25. "well, that's saying something"
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13. "RE: Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited"
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any info on a screening in or around philadelphia? it seems like this an extremly limited release

  

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14. "According to Fandango, it's not playing in or near Philadelphia,"
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http://www.fandango.com//thedarjeelinglimited_103484/movietimes?location=Philadelphia,+PA&mid=103484

  

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29. "RE: According to Fandango, it's not playing in or near Philadelphia,"
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ya i saw that didnt know how accurate those sites are or if anyone would know something they didnt thanks anyway tho

  

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38. "It's on at the Ritz Theaters"
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starting Oct. 12th.

  

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15. "I wanted to see that"
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nm

  

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19. "oh and the music was fantastic"
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i need the soundtrack ASAP

beautifully shot.

and that indian girl was FOINE.
fuck jason schwartzman, his immaculate moustache game, and his iPod.

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20. "Cosign everything but the "Fuck Jason Schwartzman" tirade."
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24. "RE: Cosign everything but the "Fuck Jason Schwartzman" tirade."
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>i meant the character not really schwartzman himself.

and i really mean fuck the character for fuckin that indian girl and for pulling out that iPod and playing that song to set the mood. funny though.

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27. "Yes!"
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>and that indian girl was FOINE.
Amara Karan
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26. "Wes Anderson's Unbearable Whiteness (swipe)"
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i couldnt help feeling some of the same things myself while watching the movie..but then i think, could anderson, er i mean, WES make the movie with indian protagonists? fuck no...he's writing about what he knows...should we fault him for that?

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Unbearable Whiteness
That queasy feeling you get when watching a Wes Anderson movie.
By Jonah Weiner
Posted Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007, at 7:25 AM ET

Wes Anderson
The first time Owen Wilson met Wes Anderson, at a college playwriting class in Austin, the future director made an immediate impression. "He walked in wearing L.L. Bean duck-hunting boots and shorts," Wilson recalled, "Which I thought was kind of obnoxious."

In every film he's made, even the best ones, there's been something kind of obnoxious about Wes Anderson. By now, critics have enumerated several of his more irritating traits and shticks: There's his pervasive preciousness, exemplified by the way he pins actors into the centers of fastidiously composed tableaux like so many dead butterflies. There's his slump-shouldered parade of heroes who seem capable of just two emotions: dolorous and more dolorous (not that there haven't been vibrant exceptions to this). And there's the way he frequently couples songs—particularly rock songs recorded by shaggy Europeans between 1964 and 1972—with slow-motion effects, as though he's sweeping a giant highlighter across the emotional content of a scene. In The Royal Tenenbaums, Richie can't watch Margot get off a bus without Nico popping up to poke us in the ribs: "He loves her! And it's killing him! See?"

The Darjeeling Limited, Anderson's latest movie, showcases an obnoxious element of Anderson that is rarely discussed: the clumsy, discomfiting way he stages interactions between white protagonists—typically upper-class elites—and nonwhite foils—typically working class and poor. The plot concerns three brothers, Francis, Peter, and Jack Whitman (Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman) who set out on a "spiritual journey" across India by rail. Brody and Schwartzman stalk the film somberly, their eyes glazed with melancholy, their laconic exchanges one part deadpan, one part night of the living dead. They are zombies in fitted blazers, suffering quietly but profoundly from the same vague, paralyzing, leisure-class malaise that has plagued Anderson's heroes ever since Luke Wilson checked himself into a mental hospital for "exhaustion" in Bottle Rocket. Owen Wilson (despite his recent personal ordeal) is the trio's winningly dopey optimist, convinced that the Indian sojourn is exactly what the brothers need to get closer together—they haven't spoken since the death of their father, one year earlier. The film is gorgeous to look at: The color palette is riotous, and Anderson's rapacious eye for bric-a-brac binges on the Hindu prayer altars and crowded street markets of Rajasthan. But needless to say, beware of any film in which an entire race and culture is turned into therapeutic scenery.

From the Beatles' 1968 hang with the Maharishi to the recent "Imagine India" flower show at Macy's, South Asia has long been a hotspot in the American and European orientalist imagination. But for a director as willfully idiosyncratic as Anderson, it's surprising how many white-doofuses-seeking-redemption-in-the-brown-skinned-world clichés Darjeeling Limited inhabits. Early on, Adrien Brody ascends through the various classes of the film's titular train, leaving behind the goats and peasants of the luggage car and the drab denizens of coach before arriving at the private sleeper Francis has reserved for the trip: This spiritual journey comes equipped with a locking door and private bathroom, thank you. A comely stewardess named Rita soon enters, draws a bindi on each brother's forehead, and offers up "sweet lime and savory snacks." Jack decides to interpret this liberally and shortly makes love to her in the bathroom. Rita isn't a character so much as a familiar type: the mysterious, exotic, dark-skinned beauty. Jack hardly exchanges a word with her, but, reeling from a bad breakup, he begins pestering her to leave her Sikh boyfriend, convinced for no good reason that she can turn his life around.

Sometimes Wes Anderson winks at the brothers' fetishistic attitudes toward India, but he eventually reveals his own. When Francis grandly declares, "I love these people"—minutes after a shoeshine boy has run off with one of his "$3,000 loafers"—or when Peter says, "I love how this country smells; it's … spicy," Anderson must be chuckling at them. But he runs into trouble when he tries to stage their genuine awakening. The plot contrives to get the brothers kicked out of the Darjeeling, where Francis' personal assistant has been drawing up laminated daily timetables, and out into the countryside, where they might enjoy the sort of unmediated revelation you just can't plan with TripAdvisor.

This revelation comes soon enough. After a series of pratfalls, the brothers throw up their hands, deciding to go their separate ways. (What follows is no movie-ruining giveaway, but I should insert a spoiler alert, just in case.) As they walk alongside a canal, they see three adolescent Indian brothers attempting to cross it on a raft attached to a system of ropes and pulleys. A pulley snaps, and the boys are flung into the raging currents. Francis, Peter, and Jack dive in—one set of flailing brothers trying to save another—but one of the adolescents is killed. They're invited to the child's rural village for his funeral (which Anderson cannot resist presenting in slow motion and setting to a Kinks song), where the Whitman clan realize that they need to stick together and see out the rest of their journey. Turns out that a dead Indian boy was all the brothers were missing.

This isn't just heavy-handed, it's offensive. In a grisly little bit of developing-world outsourcing, the child does the bothersome work of dying so that the American heroes won't have to die spiritually. There is no wink from Anderson here. He plays the whole funeral sequence for pathos. Later on, in a celebratory moment, we get a classically offbeat Anderson image. The three brothers squeeze together onto a moped and ride, liberated, in some gorgeous late-day sunlight. The camera slowly zooms out to reveal a cartload of Indian porters behind them, carrying the brothers' considerable baggage (nudge-nudge). Any implied critique seems unintentional, though. Anderson's just doubling the sight gag.

Although the issue of race has never been as prominent as in Darjeeling Limited, it's cropped up continuously in Anderson's films. In Bottle Rocket, the Paraguayan housekeeper Ines is a direct precursor to Rita—a service-industry hottie with whom a depressed Anderson hero (in this case, Luke Wilson's Anthony) becomes obsessed. Helping this obsession along is the fact that Ines can barely speak English, making her a convenient projecting screen for Anthony's fantasies about purity and true love. Their romance is sweet, but its subtext is laughable. Anthony's last girlfriend sent him into a psychological tailspin, we learn, when she made a bourgeois proposal: "Over at Elizabeth's beach house, she asked me if I'd rather go water-skiing or lay out. And I realized that not only did I not want to answer that question," Anthony explains, "but I never wanted to answer another water-sports question, or see any of these people again for the rest of my life." So it's barefoot, towel-folding Ines to the emotional rescue.

Anderson generally likes to decorate his margins with nonwhite, virtually mute characters: Pelé in Life Aquatic, a Brazilian who sits in a crow's-nest and sings David Bowie songs in Portuguese; Mr. Sherman in Royal Tenenbaums, a black accountant who wears bow ties, falls into holes, and meekly endures Gene Hackman's racist jabs—he calls him "Coltrane" and "old black buck," which Anderson plays for laughs; Mr. Littlejeans in Rushmore, the Indian groundskeeper who occasionally mumbles comical malapropisms (Anderson hired this actor, Kumar Pallana, to do the same in Royal Tenenbaums and Bottle Rocket). There's also Margaret Yang, Apple Jack, Ogata, and Vikram. Taken together, they form a fleet of quasi-caricatures and walking punch lines, meant to import a whimsical, ambient multiculturalism into the films. Anderson frequently points out his white characters' racial insensitivities ("Which part of Mexico are you from?" Wilson asks Ines in Bottle Rocket. She shakes her head. "Paraguay." "Oh, Paraguay … that's over … under … Guatemala. …"), but he presents them, ultimately, as endearing quirks.

Like his peers Zach Braff, Noah Baumbach (who directed the excellent Squid and the Whale and co-wrote Life Aquatic), and Sofia Coppola (whose brother Roman helped write Darjeeling Limited), Wes Anderson situates his art squarely in a world of whiteness: privileged, bookish, prudish, woebegone, tennis-playing, Kinks-scored, fusty. He's wise enough to make fun of it here and there, but in the end, there's something enamored and uncritical about his attitude toward the gaffes, crises, prejudices, and insularities of those he portrays. In The Darjeeling Limited, he burrows even further into this world, even (especially?) as the story line promises an exotic escape. Hands down, it's his most obnoxious movie yet.

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28. "yeah it's not *just* whiteness"
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but thats part of the element that he just isn't showing enough range from for the films to really show me much new each time.

  

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31. "... by Jonah Weiner"
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that sounds like the mayonnaise calling the wonder bread white.


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33. "lol true"
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>that sounds like the mayonnaise calling the wonder bread
>white.

but does he make valid points? is one white dude not allowed to have an opinion about another white dude now?

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36. "I was just making a joke"
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cuz dude has one of the whitest sounding names I've ever heard, so that name attached to the title just struck me as funny.


>but does he make valid points? is one white dude not allowed
>to have an opinion about another white dude now?

Nah nothing like that. but are his points valid? I didn't read most of it cuz I want to aviod any spoilers for Darjeeling, but as for this part:

"The Darjeeling Limited, Anderson's latest movie, showcases an obnoxious element of Anderson that is rarely discussed: the clumsy, discomfiting way he stages interactions between white protagonists—typically upper-class elites—and nonwhite foils—typically working class and poor."


- Based on his other movies, I dunno about all that. Luke Wilson's interaction with the Salvadorian maid in Bottle Rocket, maybe some would look at as discomforting but I don't see why, it seemed pretty genuine and innocent to me. Max's interaction with Margaret Yang is clumsy, but that has nothing to do with race (not to mention Margaret seems to be solidly middle-class while Max is actually working-class). Royal's interaction with Danny Glover was somewhat racially discomforting, but that was all part of Royal's character development about how he was such a dickhead (and again, Glover was in fact weathier than Royal) I guess Royal's relationship with Pagoda could rub some the wrong way, but that shit was just funny and not really serious, I don't really think it was that big of a deal to get bent out of shape about like this dude seems to be.

I mean, are his movies super-white? yeah, pretty much. are they racially discomforting though? I don't see it.

maybe Darjeeling is though, I dunno. I'll wait to see what I think about it when I watch it.


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34. "that...and he's totally averse to letting characters convey real emotion"
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always gotta be cute. always got be an ironic setting. always got have musical accompaniment.

seymour cassel did a great thing by playing max's dad "straight"...no quirky bullshit...just a fuckin dad concerned for his son.

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35. "cmon."
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Miss Cross' grief over Edward Applebee, Herman Blume's melancholy malaise, Richie Tenenbaum's attempted suicide, etc.

you just mad.


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65. "Wes Anderson's Unbearable Whiteness..."
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...is what I like about him. He's sort of like Woody Allen in that respect, but Anderson's world is a lot more insulated by the whiteness. It gives his movies a music box quality that I enjoy.

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70. "admittedly i was half expecting the train conductor to whip out...."
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... a flute and start snake charming the cobra out of their cabin yo. lol




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37. "After my 2nd viewing today..."
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I think it's one of my favorite films of all time.

I saw Hotel Chevalier several times (and loved it) before seeing The Darjeeling Limited on Wednesday. Then on Thursday night I saw The Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore back-to-back at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.

I bought Tenenbaums on VHS years ago but never got around to watching it. Rushmore was my first Wes Anderson film (seen on DVD) and I loved it. I'm glad I finally watched Tenenbaums as I noticed all the connections between his films, but it's my least favorite. I just couldn't get into the characters. I've only seen pieces of Life Aquatic and rented Bottle Rocket but only saw a few minutes of it.

I saw The Darjeeling Limited again today wondering if I'd find anything wrong with it, but I loved it even more. I can't wait to see it again. The 3 people I saw it with (their first time) liked it as well, and I made them watch Hotel Chevalier beforehand. I would feel bad for anyone who doesn't see Hotel Chevalier before seeing The Darjeeling Limited.

I kind of wish The Darjeeling Limited was Wes Anderson's first film, people might enjoy it more by not comparing it to his prior work.



The following is off-topic, but for me to call The Darjeeling Limited one of my all-time favorite films, you're probably wondering what else I like.

Before the late-90s, I saw maybe 1 or 2 movies a year. Then my girlfriend dumped me and my college roommate introduced me to Chungking Express and watching it over and over again helped me get through that time. Since then I've been watching tons of movies trying to find others that affect me the same way.

I think that movies are personal - whether you like something or not depends on what you know and care about, what you've been through, and what you've seen before. So if I don't care about the story or for the characters I won't like a film even if it's critically acclaimed with great acting, directing, cinematography, etc. I've seen and enjoyed many films that would be considered great, but I don't feel the need to watch them again or own them. Films I love contain characters I love in worlds I would love to experience.

Other all-time favorite films:
Chungking Express
Fallen Angels
Happy Together
Dolls
The Taste of Tea
Survive Style 5+
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Squid and the Whale
Punch-Drunk Love
Three: Going Home
Last Life in the Universe

(In other words, I need to travel to New York, Hong Kong, and Japan.)

  

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39. "^^^^positive vibes."
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cool post.

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40. "RE: After my 2nd viewing today..."
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>Other all-time favorite films:
>Chungking Express
>Fallen Angels
>Happy Together
>Dolls
>The Taste of Tea
>Survive Style 5+
>Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
>The Squid and the Whale
>Punch-Drunk Love
>Three: Going Home
>Last Life in the Universe

What did you think of In The Mood For Love? (If you've seen it.)

  

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41. "RE: After my 2nd viewing today..."
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Saw it twice in the theaters and own it. Bought a bootleg DVD on eBay and made VHS copies and forced friends and co-workers to watch it. I own the soundtrack and have the Nat King Cole songs on my iPod. Bought the Bryan Ferry song that's in the trailer.

It's almost too perfect of a film that everyone should love. It's what I would use to introduce people to WKW. Not sure what's happened since then.

Most of the films on my list I can watch from any point in the film and I'll often think about different scenes and want to watch them. I feel like ITMFL is a film I have to commit to from beginning to end and I may not want to see it again unless it's in a theater or until I get a better TV.

  

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46. "I see"
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>Most of the films on my list I can watch from any point in the
>film and I'll often think about different scenes and want to
>watch them. I feel like ITMFL is a film I have to commit to
>from beginning to end

I'm hesistant to do that, too.

Nice post; great read, BTW.

  

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42. "RE: After my 2nd viewing today..."
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>I think that movies are personal - whether you like something
>or not depends on what you know and care about, what you've
>been through, and what you've seen before. So if I don't care
>about the story or for the characters I won't like a film even
>if it's critically acclaimed with great acting, directing,
>cinematography, etc. I've seen and enjoyed many films that
>would be considered great, but I don't feel the need to watch
>them again or own them. Films I love contain characters I love
>in worlds I would love to experience.

I completely agree with you.. its the reason why Lost In Translation is one of, if not my favorite movie, ever.. i have a completely different explanation of what i think that movie is about than anyone else ive talked to..

i cant wait to see this movie i hope they release it in my area..



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43. "RE: After my 2nd viewing today..."
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47. "LOL"
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44. "ok."
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i didn't really see how darjeeling developed too much of the stuff that's come from anderson in the past. i really, really, times 3 to the infinity power wanted to see what the next level looked like in wes anderson world. darjeeling didn't quite go there. not by a long shot. that was probably the most disappointing thing about the movie to me.

questions that nag at me are...i wonder if he could've made this movie earlier in his career? if no, why? if yes, why? life aquatic is my least favorite wes anderson film but now that i've seen darjeeling...i think i appreciate some things that i ignored about life aquatic.

anyway. some of the recycled themes and stylistic choices definitely worked for me. some didn't and i was kinda suprised that he used them in the way that he did. when it's all said and done, i liked the movie. everything that i like about a wes anderson film was in darjeeling. some of my more conflicting thoughts made me remember an interesting post i've read on the ptp boards. after seeing darjeeling, i honestly don't know where i fall in the conversation about style.

http://board.okayplayer.com/okp.php?az=show_topic&forum=6&topic_id=302612&mesg_id=302612&listing_type=search#303018

adrian brody was an interesting choice.

  

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45. "I would have left if I was not there with someone else...shit was SUPER ..."
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48. "OCT 26th!!! PROVIDENCE!! YYYAAAAAAAAAYYYYY!"
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I am fuckin amped! Its categorized as an action movie...does that mean action like TLA action?

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fuk that.

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50. "I'm sure it's on YouTube by now"
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51. "awesome film, everything i expected."
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wes has his steez all over this,
even more so than his previous flicks.
lots of his signature slow motion shots.
his previous films are like comedy/weird
wes-esque drama hybrid, but i thought this
one was less comedy (its still funny, but
more in dry humored adlibs, compared to bill murray
or ben stiller being a jackass like in the past)

& i really liked how this one clocked in
right at 90 minutes. as much as i loved
TRT & TLA, it seemed to drag in some areas
for the sake of getting out more goofy dialogue.
this one is nice & tidy, like a 10-12 track flawless album.

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53. "I guess I'm just not a Wes Anderson fan"
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It just doesn't do it for me. I actually thought this was worse than The Life Aquatic. Some funny moments/quirks but pretty boring overall.

And Hotel Chevalier was just dumb.

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54. "I enjoyed it, but I'm starting to think"
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Wes Anderson peaked with Tenenbaums.

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55. "I thought the movie was delightful. One of his best."
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Anderson's movies are always wonderfully shot. The characters were interesting and the story didn't drag. The casting was great.

The Indian stewardess was gorgeous.

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56. "Great little film."
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I really enjoyed it. My only complaint was with the movie theater. I saw it in Portland at the Fox Tower, a Regal theater that gets all the art-house movies. It is currently the only place in town showing Darjeeling. They have a couple decent sized theaters within the multiplex, but they show the smaller movies in rooms about the size of a small walk-in closet. We're talking about a screening room that seats maybe 50 people. They had Michael Clayton showing in the big rooms, so Darjeeling was relegated to one of these little cubicles. So, of course it was oversold (people had to sit in the front row and crane their necks). And then, because I got there early to get a seat, I had to suffer through 20 minutes of brain-numbing TV ads blaring at full volume. Still, it was a really fun little film. I would encourage others to see it. Just maybe not at the Fox Tower.

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71. "RE: Great little film."
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the theater you described is exactly how i viewed it as well.

Plus, at the top you can tell they didn't put the screen shade up all the way so the last foot of the top of the screen was cover. Most didn't notice but it was driving me crazy for the first few minutes.

  

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57. "is this funny?"
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like wat is this movie even about

  

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59. "Some parts are funny."
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It's about three brothers on a vacation in India, dysfunctional and rich.

  

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58. "RE: Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited"
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I need to see this

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60. "RE: Very funny movie"
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My favorite part was when they FINALLY connected w/ their mother, and she treated the three of them like elementary school children, just like Owen Wilson did the younger brothers earlier in the movie, showing us where he got his control issues from.

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69. "the pepper spray fight scene was good stuff"
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62. "Finally out in Seattle !"
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seeing it this weekend

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63. "10 days later, my opinion of this film keeps dropping"
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when people criticized "Life Aquatic" by saying it wasn't as good as Rushmore or Tenenbaums, I'd tend to dislike those people. What snobs, I thought.

I enjoyed a lot of Darjeeling Limited, but some of it really annoyed me. Mainly the smugness of the three dudes who seemed to think they were as cool as the fucking Beatles with no doubt that we thought the same. Next is the lack of any real surprise in the story. The thing most surprising was that the resorted to such an obvious metaphor of dropping their baggage. I wasn't the only person who groaned during that slow-mo scene.

Oh well. I really liked "Hotel Chevalier" and I'm sure I'll see the next Wes movie on opening day.

  

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64. "I have a couple questions... *SPOILERS*"
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First off, I just wanted to say I liked it alot too. And much like the person earlier up in this post, I'm not sure why yet either. I thought it was gonna be silly like The Life Aquatic (my favorite Anderson movie, Bill Murray murdered it) but it turned out to be just the opposite. I feel like the movie may have had alot of underlying themes and life experience parallels that I missed. Then again, maybe it didn't and what you saw was what you got. It has definitely kept me thinking. I heard more than one person say "that was really cute" while walking out the theatre. But I feel there's more to it that just being a cute movie.

Anyway, my questions...

1) What do u think was the symbolism (if any) of Bill Murray missing the train in the beginning?

2) How many of you thought it was kinda weird to have them just rip their plane tix up and stay in India at the end?

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68. "RE: I have a couple questions... *SPOILERS*"
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>1) What do u think was the symbolism (if any) of Bill Murray
>missing the train in the beginning?

The first thing it made me think of was the Steve Martin/Kevin Bacon taxi-cab footrace in Planes Trains and Automobiles.

As far as 'symbolism', I dunno... I really liked that scene though. I don't know that Bill Murray missing a train is symbolic in and of itself, but the fact that Adrian Brody outran him and caught the train had a lot of subtext to it. Here he was pretty much in the same predicament and the only reason he made it onto the train was because he was younger and more agile (He may have been carrying less luggage, I don't remember). He should be happy he made his train, but instead he seems fixated on Murray's character, and I'm guessing some level Brody is aware of the inevitability of the situation, that if he doesn't make some changes in his life one day he's gonna be that Bill Murray guy.

And if you wanna get all meta with it, I thought it was kind of a funny clever thing for Wes to open the movie with an actor with whom he's so closely associated with, and then sort of pull the rug out from under the audience by having him play such a bit part. Had the movie been a drastic departure from the Wes Anderson house style, that scene might have had a bit more of a statement to it, like he was moving on from all that, but I felt like Darjeeling was more or less your run of the mill Anderson flick. Maybe Wes is that Bill Murray character and he's lamenting the fact that he can't seem to let go of his baggage.


>2) How many of you thought it was kinda weird to have them
>just rip their plane tix up and stay in India at the end?

Well I didn't take it to mean they were gonna 'stay' in India, they just decided they were gonna say 'fuck it' and go find their Mom. So I didn't think it was weird at all, it's kind of what had to happen.

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66. "i have mixed feeling about this film."
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my initial feeling is that this might might be my least favorite wes anderson film. his films usually wow me and this one really didn't do that this round. it had it's moments. but overall it seemed like standard anderson fare and maybe this time that wasn't enough for me. and while anderson's films always seem to revolve around privileged upperclass white people, it seemed to bother me more so in this film than any other. maybe because i didn't care for the characters as much nor did i feel they were as developed or perhaps just not as interesting as the ones in his other films.

all that said, i wasn't really made at the film. it's like seeing a medicore vampire movie for me. i mean i just dig vampire movies so much that i'll even enjoy one that's sub par. wes anderson is the same way in that respect. he still has gorgeous cinematography and characters that are quirky enough to hold me interested for a couple hours. i mean a somewhat predictable or run of the mill wes anderson flick is still better than a lot of what's out there.




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67. "it was okay"
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Probably my least favorite Wes flick, though I can see how some might like that it's matured and reeled in the quirks a bit from Life Aquatic.

I thought the 3 brothers had a really good chemistry together and I enjoyed the flick in general, but it didn't knock my socks off. The 'spiritual journey' aspect of it was cool and all, but it felt a little meandering. And as many are pointing out, the symbolism could have been handled with a little more grace, but I'll give that a slight pass because I personally could identify with a lot of the themes of the film ie the 'baggage' scene at the end. It felt a little awkward seeing Owen Wilson all banged up and downing narcotics every other scene.

I give it a C+

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72. "i really liked the first 2/3... then it got kinda pretentious (spoilers)"
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that hotel chavlier was cool, and i liked the references to it that jack made. as always with wes, i really liked the characters, and the dialogue was great, fast paced, witty, etc. towards the end though when the decided they would go find their mom seemed to fall apart, and not in a seemingly purposeful way. oh, we're here, lets go climb on this rock, our mother is crazy, welp! whatcha gonna do?! i guess we'll just go home... things didn't come together in a meaningful way like they usually do in his films.

i think jack was my favorite character. i really liked the part towards the end when he read his story ending to them. "no, the characters are fictio... thanks."

overall, you gotta appreciate the artistry and storytelling in this movie, but didn't quite all come together for me.

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73. ""spoilers" are not possible for wes anderson films anymore"
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- it will involve rich white people, straight lines, dry humor, and detail to style
- there will be a "serious" scene involving a death or near death
- there will be a slow motion scene over a pretty good song, probably from the 60s
- bittersweet happy ending

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74. "RE: Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited"
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It was okay, but it did feel long, even though it was only 90 minutes. I liked Hotel Chevalier better than the actual film.

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75. "You know what you're getting with Wes but it's still enjoyable..."
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A huge improvement over Life Aquatic and a return to real emotional
content and more straight-forward filmmaking. Wes gets accused of
making one movie again and again but I dont think that is actually
true. He has a signature style and works from similar subject matter
and themes but the films all have lives of their own. The new
location works to his benefit as he has a whole new palette to build
from and it provides an air of authenticity that is often missing in
much of his work. Without the iPod (which is a nice touch) you'd
never know exactly what time period this is (could be any time from
1960 on) and that in itself gives it the classic feel that he's always reaching for. The performances are surprisingly good, understated and engaging. Working within his framework all actors somehow become Wes Anderson characters no matter what preconception you had of them coming in and that's a rare tribute to his writing and direction.

Overall it's a heartfelt film that is never overly sentimental and
retains a feeling of innocence despite the introduction of some darker elements, which of course he references but never shows. A highlycreative, mature film from one of my favorite directors.

  

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76. "The Darjeeling Limited"
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