Seriously, Wes Anderson’s new movie, The Darjeeling Limited, looks like what would result if the creators of “Not Another Teen Movie,” “Scary Movie,” and “Epic Movie” got together to make "Wes Anderson Movie."
There was once a time when Wes Anderson was my favorite new director - with the hilarious and affecting Bottle Rocket under his belt, Rushmore was an insta-classic, something that managed to condense everything great about sixties cinema into a weird slice of late-nineties neo-preciousness. The guy just had something special in his films, even as they were all very different. The Royal Tenenbaums was a bit of a misstep in many ways, though it was inarguably a great film and a great condensation of the entire Salinger oeuvre.
And then he made it again but called it The Life Aquatic. Now he’s making it again and calling it The Darjeeling Limited.
Has Wes, the fresh breath of Texan air that brought Luke and Owen Wilson into the film world with him, turned into just another Hollywood studio goon turning the crank and printing vacuous, uninspired cash-ins? “Hey, kids, you liked that? Have another one! And another one!”
Ugh. It’s like he’s not even trying anymore.