A year after the accidental death of their father, three brothers -- each suffering from depression - meet for a train trip across India. Francis, the eldest, has organized it. The brothers argue, sulk, resent each other, and fight. The youngest, Jack, estranged from his girlfriend, is attracted to one of the train's attendants. Peter has left his pregnant wife at home, and he buys a venomous snake. After a few days, Francis discloses their surprising and disconcerting destination. Amid foreign surroundings, can the brothers sort out their differences? A funeral, a meditation, a hilltop ritual, and the Bengal Lancer figure in the reconciliation.Written by
It is impossible for a train to be 'lost' on Indian Railways. It is SOP to default switches on mainline routes to 'trunk' positions. All unsignaled turnouts lead to dead ends, and have to be positively signaled for a train to be advanced down the track. A mistake (or even a series of mistakes) will not get the train more than a few kilometers before it derails on an auto-stop or dead end. See more »
Rushmore made me a huge Wes Anderson fan. I rushed out to see Royal Tannenbaums and loved it. Although Life Aquatic had some cool moments, I left that movie feeling pretty deflated. But okay, all directors are allowed slip-ups. When I saw the preview for Darjeeling I got really excited, and couldn't wait to see it. Unfortunately, it's another big disappointment. All of Anderson's great visuals are there, and it's eye candy just like his other films. But, the film is really about very little; and anything it is about is not of great substance or original. This is a great shame as his early films really managed to fuse style and substance in a unique way. I hope this great director finds his course again. I so wanted this film to work, and it just fell flat. I was bored ten minutes in. Owen Wilson doing Owen Wilson got irritating, and as much as I love Jason Schwartzman and Adrien Brody, they didn't show more than about 3 expressions through the movie. I'm sure there are many die-hard Wes Anderson fans out there who will rave about the brilliance of this film, but if they're honest with themselves, they'll admit it's time for Wes to come up with something really new.
18 of 40 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this