I’ve seen a surprising amount of hate for this film online, a lot of reviews called it Wes Anderson’s worst film. But I couldn’t disagree more.
Anderson’s tale of three brothers (played by Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman) traveling across India to find their absent mother is one of the most under rated films of the last 5 years. The beautiful scenery and rich colours of the setting works beautifully with Anderson’s directorial style and Robert Yeoman’s cinematography.
The story and plot of this film aren’t preoccupied with the normal screen writing rules and and for me there is never a dull moment. I think to many films now are overly concerned with structure and mechanics, so it’s really refreshing to see something that doesn’t concern itself with all that and just allows the characters go on their journey, sweeping us along in the process.
The performances of the three main stars as the dysfunctional siblings are all fantastic. Owen Wilson playing the controlling older brother Francis is hilarious and almost unrecognizable with his face covered in bandages. Adrien Brody is equally impressive as Peter, the middle brother who has left his heavily pregnant wife home alone in order to join his brothers. Then there is Jason Schwartzman as Jack, the youngest who is constantly getting in the middle of his older brothers arguments and sibling rivalry. The scene that shows their relationship best for me is when Peter states that he was their father’s favorite, this causes a fight to break out between him and Francis, so what does Jack do? He shouts “I love you but I’m going to mace you in the face” and then he does.