The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
Indian geography and culture is the basis for the adventures of the three Whitman brothers in The Darjeeling Limited, Wes Anderson's most profound and serious effort to date. The more fantastical elements of Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou have been substituted with whiffs of sensitivity. That doesn't mean Anderson isn't still primarily concerned with awkward family relations, overworked spirituality and atypical ways of living. The Darjeeling Limited is loaded with situational comedy and segments that are amusing rather than funny - a pleasant style that suits Anderson's offhand stories. And he mixes the sweet with the sour very deftly in the film's best segment in which our three protagonists find themselves in a rural Indian village struck with grief. The Darjeeling Limited is enjoyable and uplifting, but as with The Royal Tenenbaums, it is the standoffishness and ultimate void in the thematics that withholds it from greatness.