Rushmore, Rush-less: Wes Anderson's Films, From Worst to BestRolling Stone looks back at "The Grand Budapest Hotel" director's career and ranks the movies
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12. 'The Darjeeling Limited' (2007)
It has many eloquent defenders, but, sorry: This is the one outright disaster in Anderson's body of work. Somehow, the director's highly-controlled aesthetic doesn't quite survive the collision with location shooting, and the ironic tale of a trio of mourning brothers traveling the outer reaches of India is muddied – as if the director stepped out, saw the sun and breathed the air, and suddenly didn't know what to do with himself. It has its moments, to be sure – the opening scene is wondrous – but The Darjeeling Limited is, ultimately, a messy dirge, an admirably personal work undone by clunky symbolism and tonal incongruity.