Wes Anderson hasn’t gone off the rails, but he isn’t quick on-track, either, said Joe Morgenstern in The Wall Street Journal. In this antic and droll adventure, the ever-dapper director invites us to join the three Whitman brothers (played by Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman) on their spiritual quest across India by train. Following their father’s death, they embark on a mission to find their mother, played effortlessly by Anderson regular Anjelica Huston. The Darjeeling Limited is yet another of Anderson’s tales of extended adolescence and dysfunctional families, and there’s a sense he is “temporarily lost, or at least stuck en route from precocious success—the ineffable Bottle Rocket, the inimitable Rushmore—to artistic maturity.” That’s ironic, considering his film is at least in part about letting go of the past, said Nathan Lee in The Village Voice. The Darjeeling Limited “is about people trapped in themselves and what it takes to get free—a movie, quite literally, about letting go of your baggage.” (Louis Vuitton, of course, given Anderson’s persnickety tastes.) Anderson may be stuck in familiar territory, but he is evolving, said Lisa Schwarzbaum in Entertainment Weekly. The film exhibits “a compassion for the larger world that busts the confines of the filmmaker’s miniaturist instincts” and suggests Anderson is finally ready to grow up.
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