Welcome to the BMFI Forum for THE DARJEELING LIMITED
BMFI is very pleased to be showing THE DARJEELING LIMITED. If you haven't yetseen it, you can visit our website (www.BrynMawrFilm.org) forshowtimes. I have not yet had the chance to see it myself, but I am eagerly awaiting the latest work from Wes Anderson (RUSHMORE, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS).
One thing I am curious about in particular is the extent to which this film will differ from Anderson's prior work given that he is collaborating with different writing partners. Anderson co-wrote DARJEELING with filmmaker Roman Coppola (CQ) and one of the film's co-stars, Jason Schwartzman (who also played Max in RUSHMORE). His prior film, THE LIFE AQUATIC, was co-written with Noah Baumbach (THE SQUID AND THE WHALE), and his earlier pictures (RUSHMORE, TENENBAUMS, BOTTLE ROCKET) were co-written with Owen Wilson, who also co-stars in DARJEELING.
There are some who credit Wilson with the warmth, humor, and magic of Anderson's earlier films. In fact, there was a recent article on Slate.com that claimed that Wilson was the real genius behind Wes Anderson. I don't think I'd go that far, but it will be interesting to see how DARJEELING differs from previous films, given the new addition of two different co-screenwriters, and the absence of Wilson's influence in the screenplay.
Please share any reactions you might have to THE DARJEELING LIMITED with forum readers, and keep the discussion going.
Andrew J. Douglas, BMFI Director of Education