Various members of a dysfunctional family
reunite under various circumstances.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Directed by Wes Anderson
Written by Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson
Starring Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Gwyneth Paltrow,
Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray,
Danny Glover, Alec Baldwin
Oscar Nominations - Best Original Screenplay
The Royal Tenenbaums is Wes Anderson’s third film and definitely the one that got everyone’s attention. His first film, Bottle Rocket, did very poorly financially, then Rushmore proved that he had an audience, and The Royal Tenenbaums let us know that he was here to stay. Anderson frequently collaborates for the writing process, with Owen Wilson usually as his partner. They were recognized numerous times by award shows for this screenplay, rightly so.
We are introduced to the Tenenbaum family which consists of Royal (Hackman), Etheline (Huston), and their three proficient children, Chas (Stiller), Margot (Paltrow), and Richie (L. Wilson). All three of them find success at a young age even though their parents split up. The film jumps 22 years later and all of them are in some kind of slump. After Etheline has told everyone she is remarrying, Royal tells them of his battle with cancer and they all reunite back at the house they grew up in.
I’m a sucker for Anderson’s directing style and a true admirer of his ability to write fascinating characters. In my opinion, every one of his films is a masterpiece in its own right but The Royal Tenenbaums is probably the one I would recommend to anyone that wants to get into his work. Wes is able to get incredible actors totally committed to his vision every time. Gene Hackman is fucking wonder as Royal and Owen Wilson is unforgettable as the Tenenbaums' neighbor, Eli Cash. The Royal Tenenbaums is endlessly rewatchable and extremely moving at times.