His latest, The Darjeeling Limited tells the story of three brothers, Peter (Adrien Brody), Jack (Jason Schwartzman, who also co-wrote the movie) and Francis (Owen Wilson) who haven’t spoken to each other since their father’s funeral, one year ago. Francis, the eldest, after suffering a near-fatal bike accident decides to reunite the family and organizes what he expects to be a spiritual journey through rural India, by train (The Darjeeling Limited itself). He expects that they will bond and somehow become friends and brothers again.
There are his typical nonsensical dialogues all delivered with dead-pan performances by the trio of Actors. Adrien Brody was particularly fine – I love how he can convey so much with his eyes. And Owen Wilson always delivers in his movies as well, very much far away from his comedy persona. There is a sense of intimacy between the characters that even though the brothers have been stranded, the sense of family is still there – they just need to be able to leave their baggage behind and start again. And they do.
Smart, funny and tender, with the beautiful landscape and people of India as an interesting background, this movie is amazing. Oh, and I just love the slow motion sequences punctuated with the kick-ass soundtrack.