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The Darjeeling Limited (15)
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

Wes Anderson is a pretty famous director considering the number of films he's made. You could argue that this is only his fifth film, and yet he has already carved out a reputation as a deft director who writes charming, quirky and critically acclaimed films.

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The trouble is, while his films always feature interesting, likeable characters, bizarre situations and a fair amount of humour, they don't tend to be very accessible. And when a reviewer says a film is not accessible, what they really mean is that only pretentious gits will like it.

It's good news then, that The Darjeeling Limited is more accessible than any of his previous work, and loses none of the charm or quirkiness for which Anderson is famous.

Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman star as three brothers who have not spoken to each other since their father's funeral. Other Anderson favourites appear too, including Bill Murray in a brief (but hilarious) cameo, and Natalie Portman also rocks up in a short film shown before the feature presentation.

The brothers have decided to take a trip across India on a train, to get to know each other and rebuild their relationship. That's really all the setting we are given at the start of the film, but the details of each of their lives and the true purpose of their trip to India is slowly unveiled as the film goes on.

Throughout, this movie is very funny, albeit in a subtle way, and the scenery and cinematography is quite beautiful too. The Indian countryside is as much a feature of the film as the inadequacies of the three brothers or the touching story that unfolds.

The Darjeeling Limited is very much the sort of film that I really like, but rarely recommend to others – it's far too bizarre to appeal to most people. However, I think this time Anderson has really come up with one that everyone can enjoy. If it sounds like it might be a little different from what you're used to, I urge you to step outside your comfort zone and give this one a go anyway!

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Length: 90 minutes
Certificate: 15
Official Site: http://www.foxsearchlight.com/thedarjeelinglimited/
IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0838221/
Release Date: 23rd November 2007

Top Five Rating: 80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0% (80.0%)
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