Three gifted siblings slowly lose their brilliance following abandonment by their eccentric father during their adolescent years. Two decades later all the betrayal, failure, and disaster comes to the fore when the family reunite one winter in this absurdist comedy.
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As for Wes Anderson, there are vital organs I would dream about to work with him someday. "Bottle Rocket", for a first film, was outstanding. "Rushmore" displayed a growth as a troubled young lover, and that was impressive. "Tenenbaums" proves that this guy has the potential to rise as one of the true unique cinematic visionaries of his generation. And this is possibly the best film's opening that I have ever seen.
Seeing The Royal Tenenbaums for a midnight special at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago was exceptional and hysterical. As always, I love the way Wes Anderson uses color to create a singular cinematic world.
Gene Hackman is the stand out as the patriarch of this dysfunctional family. The soundtrack is outstanding and features The Rolling Stones; The Velvet Underground; The Ramones; The Beatles; Nico covering Jackson Browne and more!!
The criticism of Anderson's films as quirky bothers me. While this isn't my favorite of his, it eludes that criticism the most since most of the alleged quirks are here actually the character's methods of escaping from harsh realities, enclosing themselves in there own world. What most criticism misses is that those harsh realities are really inescapable And the high points of the film is where fantasy falls through