Sunday, April 10, 2011

Wes Anderson Strikes Again!

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Not too long ago, I watched The Royal Tenenbaums for the first time.
Wes Anderson made it.
Some famous people act in it
(notably, Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Ben Stiller, Bill Murray, and Gwyneth Paltrow)
-- I have cause to believe Wes Anderson knows alot of famous people.
And he's very creative.
His film is full of ironic moments and dialogue delivered in a witty deadpan.
I liked it. though it was kinda strange.
But, like Rushmore, I have trouble remembering much of it.

I remember that the primary colors show up a lot.
And I remember that a dog gets hit by a car.
And it all takes place in NYC - there's this family, the Tenenbaums, that are fairly wealthy, and the three children are fairly ambitious ... But then the parents split up. They don't get divorced; they just split up. And for some reason, though each of the children has potential (one to be a star tennis player, another to be an entrepreneur, and the [adopted] daughter is pretty good at writing plays), they all fall apart.


Some Interesting Things to Note:
The mother thinks of marrying a black man, her secretary or accountant or something.
The daughter (Gwyneth Paltrow), we learn later in the film, has had a short-lived marriage, several one-night stands, a lesbian affair, and she smokes.
I think that makes her rather cool. ... Some might disagree. ... She also is in love with her (step)brother.
Like I said: kinda a strange movie.
The father (whose name is Royal, thus the movie title) fakes having stomach cancer, as a way to try to bring the family back together. It sorta works (in a broken, messed-up sort of way), but lots of people get hurt.

Fortunately, there're plenty of opportunities to laugh. if only half-heartedly.
Royal's epitaph reads, "Royal O'Reilly Tenenbaum 1932-2001 Died Tragically Rescuing His Family From The Wreckage Of A Destroyed Sinking Battleship."
Ridiculous, perhaps.
But true.

1 comment:

  1. We seem to have watched a lot of movies lately that are set in New York City, haven't we? Perhaps it's time to watch Enchanted again...

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