There are those that simply find them to be quirky joyrides and laugh them off as such. Bill Murray, Gene Hackman, Owen Wilson, all excellent, all the time. I get the strong impression that, since Anderson isn't a mainstream film director, A-list actors sign up to work for him because of his alternative vision and his obvious talent. I think that I got something out of the film that they didn't. I suddenly smiled, because I hoped that they would get one. Chas is still a financial wizard, but, having lost his wife in a plane accident is now the paranoid father of two small sons.
Clair Bill Murray, who is basically Anderson's muse , is depressed and hasn't written in years, and Richie, after having a nervous breakdown on the tennis court a couple of years earlier is traveling the world by boat. It is a story of redemption, filled with small epiphanies and smaller details that make for excellent viewing. The Tenenbaums are a wealthy New York family of eccentric genuises, headed by Angelica Huston. Hackman gives as good as he's got as Royal Tenenbaum, who takes a turn for the better when his kids wake him up to the kind of man he really is. Luke Wilson is superb, playing the confused and alienated Richie, at odds with himself and the rest of his family. When he emerges as the only man who can bring the whole family together again, it really brings a smile to your face. The pater familias Gene Hackman has been kicked out and estranged from the family for twenty years.
As I began my travel down the stairs of the theater, I heard this couple talking about how stupid the movie was, and how they are going to ask for a refund. The soundtrack to 'The Royal Tenenbaums' features some classic songs Ruby Tuesday, Hey Jude but also has some obscure tracks that are bizarre and fit into the scene beautifully. High kudos go to Luke Wilson, I loved his performance as the suffering Richie. The excellent cast is testament to the fantastic script. They all lend a perfect quirkiness to the roles. It is the story of a family longing for its heyday to return. .
Margot is married to Raleigh St. A thousand times, thank you! It's a brave move by Wilson and Anderson and one that pays off in dividends, elevating this movie above others in the genre. It's a must see for anyone who loves quirky and emotive storytelling, great characters and beautiful dialogue. Special mention must also be given to the New York painted in the film. As for me, I plan on watching it again so I find more things to love about it. Two-thirds in, the script takes a turn for the utterly dark with a bloody, affecting scene, not to everyone's taste and at odds with the film gone beforehand. The Tenenbaums are a dysfunctional family the parents have been separated for decades, and Royal Gene Hackman is a disbarred attorney who has long since moved out of the family's enormous house in an unnamed city of course.
All Georgian houses, tree-lined avenues and flat sky lines, it's one of the most beautiful depections of this city ever seen in a movie. With 'The Royal Tenenbaums', Wes Anderson turns his lens to the American family, warts and all. You made laugh, you made me smile and I cried. Then there are those who recognize the loneliness in all of the characters Wes Anderson writes - it is this sense of loneliness that Wes Anderson, as a storyteller, brings to the screen. Still hanging around is Eli Owen Wilson a long-time family friend from across the street who is now a literature professor and successful novelist.
Filled with one-liners, hilarious situations and visual gags, it is a real winner. Thank you Wes Anderson, so much. That inside the frames of the movie I felt like I was in good company and had a understanding for the material that they didn't. The children, all geniuses and overachievers in their own way, are then raised by Etheline Angelica Houston , an archeologist. However, it would be a mistake to take this for an out-and-out comedy. Since they are both film lovers, I was a little disappointed in this narrow and obvious assessment of the film at first.
All in all, a delighful tragi-comedy, with great characters, lush direction and great gags. Many will find it hard to relate to such strangers and therefore decline to revel in this film's cinematic glory. Coming from a 'broken home' I can relate to the high dysfunction of the Tenenbaums as an adult and embrace the story beyond the presentation, despite its highly stylized format. One of the results is that there are varying degrees of recognition for the actor in 'real life'. Luke Wilson a former tennis wunderkind, now an isolated, lonely character all alone in the world and Gwyneth Paltrow, the adopted daughter, playwright, depressive and all-round misery guts. Those that enjoy Wes Anderson's films can be put into two categories.
Chas Ben Stiller is a financial wizard, Margot Gwyneth Paltrow , is adopted and was a published playwright at 11, and Richie Luke Wilson is a tennis prodigy. Chas and his sons have their red track suits they always wear, Margot wears the clip in her hair, Izod dresses from the 80's and dark eyeliner surrounding her eyes, Richie wears the sweatband around his head, Eli is in cowboy gear and Raleigh looks like a Freud knockoff. Families are, essentially, groups of people living in each other's pockets, and, invariably, those people who love you and hate you the most. What is so good about the Royal Tenenbaums? If you loved Rushmore, there is no doubt that you will love this film because it is at par with it, except that its a bit darker in tone. It is epic, filled with pageantry. Anderson favors primary colors, and characters that are identifiable by very distinct appearances. I loved every frame of it, from the Baldwin narrated opening, to the final tying up of ends.
The Tenenbaum's dysfunction while amplified for the screen is quite an accurate portrayal of family life. I can't recommend this movie more highly. Upon further reflection, however, I realized that they both come from households that have parents who are still together. So if you have a complicated mind and you enjoy watching a challenging film, then the Royal Tenenbaums is for you. The great detail in every frame, from the costumes and they really are costumes to the design of Chas, Margot, and Richie rooms and the house. This is brilliant film on every level, a delight for the senses and for the mind. The Royal Tenenbaums is an altogether thrilling experience.