I loved the film, Darjeeling Limited, mostly because I love Wes Anderson's art direction... and then the film is set in India.
Wes Anderson + India = great.
Just as an aside, does anyone else find it strange that actors and actresses get most of the kudos for films? Obviously films are a team effort and actors are an important part of that team, but scriptwriters, directors, costume designers, cinematographers, sound engineers... are the people that make the film happen. They're there before the film starts production, they plan it all, they make it, they finish it, not the actors.
Anyway... back on the topic of this post, seeing Darjeeling Limited inspired me to watch The Royal Tenenbaums again. Of course I didn't get round to watching the actual movie. I did, however, watch the the Making Of whatsit in the DVD extras, which revealed out much control Anderson has over the look and feel of his films. In fact, for The Royal Tenenbaums Anderson fully renovated an old house (in Brooklyn I think?) and he was involved in all the details, right down to choosing paint colours for the living room and commissioning his brother to paint the mural in the house. And, for Darjeeling Limited, Anderson collaborated with Marc Jacobs on a set of custom-made Louis Vuitton luggage. Cute.
I can't wait to watch the DVD extras for Darjeeling Limited to find out how Anderson found the locations and created the look and sets for the film. In the mean time, here are some stills.