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Movie Review: The Darjeeling Limited

Alternate Title: Mystery Train

Story: All aboard! Get on the imaginative and visionary Wes Anderson train for another energetic, quirky, cinematic ride. Director Anderson's unique approach to families in tatters and dreams delayed is now a common theme seen in his work. The rambling screenplay is by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman.

Three brothers, who have not seen one another for a year since their father's death, embark on what seems at the outset to be a spiritual journey across India. Like most Westerners, an itinerary for one's spiritual quest usually gets in the way of that journey. The mishaps, the vignettes and the fanatic attention to detail are all vintage Anderson.

Can these three characters find emotional healing? I like Anderson's approach to that universal topic. He does not subject us to emotional breakthroughs or epiphanies. He allows his characters to take baby steps towards that windy road of healing.

Anderson's view of the world is not for every film goer but if you are like me and enjoy your characters with more angles and edges than warmth and fuzziness this film is for you. I laughed and smiled through the journey.

Acting: Owen Wilson as the oldest brother who is bandaged through the film has demonstrated that he really can act. Adrien Brody, a first timer working with Anderson once again shows everyone what a range this fine actor has. Jason Schwartzman as the youngest brother is funny, edgy and always a joy to watch. Anjelica Huston makes a short, but fine performance near the end of the film. There are other fun cameos for you to watch for throughout the film

Predilection: I like Wes Anderson's work

Critters: It is India - of course there are critters. Your sacred cow of course, a cobra and a tiger.

Food: Lots of tea, chicken fish, cookies, eggs and some savory snacks.

Sex Spectrum: Sex on a train is not very sexy.

Soundtrack: A fine mix of music form Satyajit Ray, The Kinks and the Stones.

Opening Titles: The opening sequence gets us to India and onto the train. Very entertaining.

Visual Art: The magic of India with all of her color and beauty is a treat for the eye.

Theater Audience: I was al alone in the secret balcony but did hear laughter from downstairs.

Weather: The weather was fine for a train trip.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 3

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I did not drift at all. I stayed on the tracks.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Here are Wes Anderson's films to rent: The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, Bottle Rocket and my least favorite, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou


Length: 100 minutes

LOBO HOWLS: 7