Review: The Darjeeling Limited
Maybe this one is more for the girlsPatterns. Resistance. Pain. Healing. Birth. Death. Journeys. Baggage. Crossings. Understandings. Letting go. Accepting. The meaning of life: it’s all here - transformed from thought into action images - without even having to delve beneath the surface.
Anderson brings the universal tale alive. The Dargeeling Limited is a gently humorous movie about three brothers on a spiritual and physical journey through India. Don’t expect belly laughs but you will definitely chuckle and smile and generally feel quite good! And please don't miss the beginning; I thought I had sat down in the wrong theatre for the first ten minutes! It’s a movie of surprises, bursting at every turn with visual metaphors for its philosophical messages. And it all comes together perfectly - even if you’re not into this sort of stuff, you can’t help but enjoy the 'roundness' of the story and the technical excellence. This is a visually exciting film, full of rich contrasts. India literally vibrates with colour creating the perfect counter for the quiet, and often melancholy performances. I can't argue that it was not a bit slow going at times but I still really enjoyed it. Hubbie’s comment – “Yeh, it was ok but it was s-o-o slow – more YOUR kind of movie; and I’m never, ever going to go to India!”