Friday, March 14, 2008

The Darjeeling Limited

Wes Anderson is a filmmaker I'm glad to love. He's a filmmaker that always seems to have the last say in his projects, you can obviously tell he loves what he's doing and that his films are very personal. All while being personal, Wes also entertains us with his unique cinematic vision. No one has the style he has, people have tried to imitate but his personality can never be copied.

The Darjeeling Limited is no different in the sense that you can feel his personal touch. The more this film goes through my mind, i continue to find little aspect that i remember and it just puts a smile on my face. Limited is his most innocent film since Bottle Rocket which was Anderson's feature debut. Bottle Rocket and Darjeeling both really center on Owen Wilson's character no matter if it has an ensemble cast or not. Owen makes both of those movies his own. From all of Anderson's films, i've come to the conclusion that my favorite character is Dignan (played by Owen Wilson) in Bottle Rocket. Dignan, a petty criminal that wants to do big things. I'm sure it's well written on paper but Owen Wilson has a certain charm to him that makes the character.

Owen Continues to make the character his own in Darjeeling as the brother that wants to get his family back together. The innocence that Owen portrays is just wonderful, every sigh, every soft spoken word, i don't see why he doesn't get the attention he deserves especially while working with Anderson. This post has digressed from an actual write up of the Darjeeling Limited into a somewhat love letter to Owen Wilson. It just saddens me that we came pretty close to losing him. I'm glad he's still with us and everything he comes out in is worth watching just for what he brings to the character.


I also recently purchased The Darjeeling Limited Soundtrack. In my opinion it's the best soundtrack Wes has put together. Yes, even more so then the amazing Life Aquatic which features Seu Jorge covering David Bowie in his native language. Also more so then The Royal Tenenbaums which is coated with lovely Beatles instrumentals and assorted pieces by the always great Mark Mothersbaugh. The Soundtrack is worth getting just for the amazing music by filmmaker Satyajit Ray, The Kinks and what is quickly becoming one of my favorite songs of all time "Where do you go to (My lovely) by Peter Sarstedt.

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