The intelligent and disillusioned characters who make us feel better

By snurfson / Posted on 08 January 2011

Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums with every single shot stylistically beautifully executed is an invitation to the human disastrous condition and the poignant humorous escapism of every damaged character in the film. We love every Wes Anderson film but The Royal Tenenbaums is a favourite because every time we watch it we are reminded exactly that: the exquisite fragility and the sonorous rhythm of the human story. It’s a brilliant cast, a witty script, a carefully considered music, and last but not least the dalmation mice, the emergency drills, the tracksuits and especially Gwyneth Paltrow’s character Margot. Wes Anderson’s hilarious, touching, and brilliantly stylized study of melancholy and redemption it’s unmissable.

Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) and his wife Etheline (Anjelica Huston) had three children-Chas, Margot, and Richie-and then they separated. Chas (Ben Stiller) started buying real estate in his early teens and seemed to have an almost preternatural understanding of international finance. Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) was a playwright and received a Braverman Grant of $50,000 in the ninth grade. Richie (Luke Wilson) was a junior champion tennis player and won the U.S. Nationals three years in a row. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure, and disaster.


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