Darjeeling a Thoughtful Ride

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2007 11:55 AM CDT

(Newser) The Darjeeling Limited is a melancholy road comedy that never quite derails despite occasional bumps, say critics. Effortless performances by Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman "evince with unforced ease the rewards and resentments of brotherhood," writes Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post.

The film, a spiritual journey through an India "more an idea than a reality," according to LA Times' Carina Chocano, is meticulously wrought with the trademark formalist touches of director Wes Anderson. The longtime Wilson collaborator demonstrates a "startling new maturity," writes Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwarzbaum, leaving some wondering whether Anderson's comedic sensibility and obsession with detail is starting  to undercut the bigger picture.