The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

2001 R 110 Minutes

Comedy | Drama

An estranged family of former child prodigies reunites when their father announces he has a terminal illness.

Overall Rating

9 / 10
Verdict: Great

User Review

  • As with most Wes Anderson films, The Royal Tenenbaums is one of those movies you can identify with a single shot. Whether it be the signature outfits of each quirky character, the symmetrical architecture of their grand home, or just a memorable color palette that leaves such a lasting impression. I believe The Royal Tenenbaums is my favorite Wes Anderson film, although I haven't seen The Darjeeling Unlimited or Steve Zissou, and this is why. Although Anderson delivers his whimsy and eccentric embellishments, this film is probably the most grounded of all the films- or at least, relatable. There is no thrilling chase by the authorities, or so many odd characters that only make a single appearance and have no other purpose but to bring about a familiar face. This story follows complex beings in a confusing familial situation. Each one has their past traumas and differences and they all bring something to the table. It's not quite as indie as Moonrise Kingdom, although it can have its moments, and I really felt a stronger connection and understanding with these personas. The acting is really marvelous, as to be expected from these recognizable faces, with the likes of Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Ben Stiller, among others. There wasn't a performance that I felt was too extra, and even if someone was intense it was with good purpose. I'd describe the movie as a whole as surprisingly mellow, as it ends on both a somber and hopeful note. Luke Wilson is really underrated and I wish he would get more attention in this film and in his acting career. Anjelica Huston and Paltrow are both subtle and believable in a mother daughter relationship. The cinematography is artistic and well done, as per usual, and although some of the plot lines were a bit predictable I still really enjoyed this movie. The shaving scene (pictured) accompanied with "Needle in a Haystack" did bring some tears to my eyes, and did an incredible job with contrasting itself from the lighter scenes. A memorable movie and standout among Anderson films.