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The Darjeeling Limited (Criterion) back to product details

I wonder if the three of us would've been friends in real life. Not as brothers, but as people.
written by troublemaker June 17, 2008 - 2:15 AM PDT
1 out of 4 members found this review helpful
On first viewing, I was annoyed by this film simply by the stylistic elements of the feature and couldn't get over it. "Oh another Wes Anderson piece, here we go again" I thought. The soundtrack I was going to inevitably like and purchase, the telltale static shots, and quirky 2-dimensional characters. From the man who brought us The Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore, I expected and wanted... more. I was beginning to believe his once unique style of storytelling was becoming stale, redundant, and empty like it had felt in The Life Aquatic.

On a second viewing, I felt myself inexplicably, deeply moved. I found myself laughing and affected by the characters. I can't tell you what ended up clicking and why, but something about this film resonated on a repeat viewing. Maybe it was the way this film seems to cherish the imperfect qualities that make us all human. Or maybe I'm still sappy for Wes' style even though I wear a guise of being resentful of it, who knows.


(Average 7.11)
62 Votes
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