GOING WES: The Darjeeling Limited

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BY MICHELLE MEDFORD
THE GIST: After the recent death of their father, three brothers reunite in attempt to restore their broken relationship with each other and embark on a spiritual journey through India.
THE CHARACTER: It’s almost impossible to choose between the three brothers who are unique and quirky in their own ways, but if I have to, I’m going to say Jack Whitman (Jason Schwartzman), the youngest brother. He’s a lovesick, confused, deeply emotional “lone wolf”. Schwartzman is also one of the most believable little brothers ever.
THE MUSIC: The slow-mo running scene at the end, set to The Kinks’ “Strangers”. It’s just the perfect bookend to the opening scene (see the section below). The entire film features a mix of authentic Indian songs from films and songs by The Kinks, which makes for a surprisingly nice pairing, plus some French songs and classical music for good measure.
WHERE IT REALLY GOES WES: As with most Anderson movies, there’s a scene near the beginning that reminds you explicitly, “You are watching a Wes Anderson film.” In this case, it’s the scene where Peter (Adrien Brody) has just missed the train but he slow-mo runs (again) to catch up with it, luggage in tow, while another Kinks’ tune, “This Time Tomorrow”, plays. Not to mention, he leaves Bill Murray in the dust, who has also just missed the train.
NOTABLE QUOTE:

I love you too, but I’m gonna mace you in the face!

– Jack Whitman

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