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Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Darjeeling Limited

I saw "The Darjeeling Limited" recently. I have mixed feelings about Wes Anderson films. On the one hand, I loved "The Royal Tennenbaums," but on the other hand, I couldn't stand either "Rushmore" or "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zizzou." I did like "Darjeeling" quite a bit. The whole spiritual journey and personal growth aspect was interesting, and I appreciated how Anderson allowed the three brothers to grow as a result of their trip to India. Still, it was a bit too obvious that they literally "left their baggage behind" in India and didn't run away from real emotions like their mother chose to do. Speaking of luggage, I would do just about anything to have the Louis Vuitton duffel bag designed by Marc Jacobs that Adrien Brody's character carried in the film. Unfortunately, the Marc Jacobs designed Louis Vuitton luggage for this movie is not being mass produced, and the only set was sold at a charity auction in New York.
Yes, "Darjeeling" is way too self-referential and yes, Wes Anderson and Jason Schwartzmann think they're much, much cooler than they really are. But Adrien Brody delivered an excellent performance and he's amazingly handsome. He would be such a dreamy boyfriend, and he looked incredibly hot in those pink boxer shorts and his sexy chest hair. The art direction is sublime; the film definitely deserves to be nominated for the best art direction Oscar. Overall, it was an interesting and fun movie.


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