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Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal had left them long ago, and comes back to make things right with his family. Written by
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Royal Tenenbaum bought the house on Archer Avenue in the winter of his 35th year. Over the next decade, he and his wife had three children, and then they separated.
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Writing/Director team Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson follow up their wonderful
1999 film Rushmore with something not completely different but altogether
more satisfying and a good deal more powerful.
The Tenenbaums are a wealthy New York family of eccentric genuises, headed
by Angelica Huston. The pater familias Gene Hackman has been kicked out and
estranged from the family for twenty years. The film begins with a prologue
detailing the lives of the Tenenbaum clan - Ben Stiller, the real estate
genius and safety obsessive, now widowered with two boys. 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. Other players include Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and
The excellent cast is testament to the fantastic script. Filled with
one-liners, hilarious situations and visual gags, it is a real winner.
However, it would be a mistake to take this for an out-and-out comedy.
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. It's a brave move by Wilson and Anderson and one that pays off
in dividends, elevating this movie above others in the genre.
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. His
transformation from manipulative and selfish to a genuinely lonely and
honest man is wholly believable. When he emerges as the only man who can
bring the whole family together again, it really brings a smile to your
face. The rest of the cast, with the exception of Luke Wilson, aren't given
a huge amount to do but do extremely well with what they've got. Luke Wilson
is superb, playing the confused and alienated Richie, at odds with himself
and the rest of his family. His is possibly the best character in the film,
symbolising all that is wrong with the Tenanbaum clan.> As usual, The Royal
Tenenbaums is rife with Anderson's distinctive directorial touches - 90
degree overhead shots, dialogue-free sequences played to classic rock
anthems, and memorably, towards the end, a one-take canvas shot, as
beautiful as it is inspired.
Special mention must also be given to the New York painted in the film. 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.
All in all, a delighful tragi-comedy, with great characters, lush direction
and great gags. Don't miss it!
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