The Darjeeling Limited
No doubt about it, Owen Wilson does his best work when he teams with director Wes Anderson. He’s a sad and hilarious delight as Francis, the strangest of three American brothers (the others played by Adrian Brody and Jason Schwartzman) touring India on a spiritual quest. Armed with various painkillers and a pet cobra, the three brothers ride a train toward a meeting with a long-lost family member. Wilson, who plays most of the film wrapped in gauze, because his character had a motorcycle accident, gets to deliver the droll brand of comedy he has done so well in Anderson gems like Bottle Rocket and The Royal Tenenbaums. It’s just bliss to see a director using his talents correctly. Same goes for Brody, who gets to show off a funny side (Love his reaction to an escaped cobra on a train). Schwartzman is fun as the meekest of the three. Bill Murray and Natalie Portman make small appearances, with Portman a prominent presence in The Hotel Chevalier, the short film that precedes the feature. Anderson is yet to make a bad film.