After making his first four films, Wes Anderson wanted make a movie in India. He became so fascinated with India, mainly the films of Satyajit Ray. His 2007 film, The Darjeeling Limited, should not only be viewed as entertainment, but as an art form.
A year after their father’s funeral, three brothers decide to reunite on a train in India to bond with each other. The older brother, Francis Whitman (Owen Wilson) got in a motorcycle accident (that’s why he has bandages on his face) before coming on the train. He planned the trip as more of a spiritual journey for the brothers. Peter (Adrien Brody), the middle brother, left his pregnant wife fearing that their marriage would end in a divorce. He’s the one who keeps his father’s belonging claiming that he was the favorite. The young brother, Jack (Jason Schwartzman), is a writer who has written short stories similar to his life.
Out of Wes Anderson’s first five films, The Darjeeling Limited is among his most stunning work. The scenery of India is nothing short of exquisite. The movie contains lots of good symbolism (the luggage), quirky characters getting into quirky arguments; Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman all act like real-life brothers, even on-screen. The terrific terrific makes The Darjeeling Limited an unforgettable train ride.