Editors' pick

The Darjeeling Limited

MPAA rating: R
Genre: Comedy
Wes Anderson co-wrote and directs this story of a man (Owen Wilson) trying to re-establish family ties by taking his two younger brothers (Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman) on a train trip across India.
Starring: Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Adrien Brody, Bill Murray, Anjelia Huston, Natalie Portman
Director: Wes Anderson
Running time: 1:31
Release: Opened Sep 29, 2007
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Editorial Review

Since his debut film, "Bottle Rocket," up through "Rushmore," "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou," writer-director Wes Anderson has carved out a niche as American cinema's most eccentric, lyrical poet of family dysfunction. He's at it again in "The Darjeeling Limited," a precious, picaresque film about three brothers searching for spiritual meaning in India.

Jason Schwartzman, Adrien Brody and Owen Wilson play Jack, Peter and Francis Whitman, respectively, who haven't seen one another since their father's funeral a year earlier. Francis, who, like most of Anderson's characters, is inexplicably prosperous, has organized a train trip through India to re-bond with his brothers. Against the extravagant backdrop of India's deeply saturated palette and densely woven textures, the Whitmans try to find themselves -- and one another -- in a series of alternately wry and wrenching encounters.

Full of the kind of visual and musical detail for which Anderson is known, "The Darjeeling Limited" isn't deep; its fey humor and obvious metaphors will surely provide ample fodder for Anderson's detractors (and those on the fence). But even if the filmmaker's idea of representing emotional baggage with custom Louis Vuitton suitcases is a bit on-the-nose, it still looks great, as does the entire picture. "The Darjeeling Limited" has its charms, chief of which is watching three terrific actors evince with unforced ease the rewards and resentments of brotherhood.

-- Ann Hornaday (Oct. 5, 2007)

Contains profanity.