The Royal Tenenbaums (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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Royal Tenenbaum (Unforgiven’s Gene Hackman) and his wife, Etheline (Prizzi’s Honor’s Anjelica Huston) had three children—Chas, Margot, and Richie—and then they separated. Chas (Meet the Parents’ Ben Stiller) started buying real estate in his early teens and seemed to have an almost preternatural understanding of international finance. Margot (Shakespeare in Love’s Gwyneth Paltrow) was a playwright and received a Braverman Grant of $50,000 in the ninth grade. Richie (Rushmore’s 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. The Royal Tenenbaums is a hilarious, touching, and brilliantly stylized study of melancholy and redemption from Wes Anderson (The Darjeeling Limited).
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Royal Tenebaums played by Gene hackman, left the family many years ago for reasons unknown, even to him. His wife, Etheline, played superbly by Anjelica Houston, is the thread that keeps the family together. Sons, Chas played by Ben Stiller, Richie, played by Luke Wilson, and adopted daughter, Margot, played by Gwenyth Paltrwow, are a mixed lot. All appear to be depressed, and they all move home again. The house is large, descripit but large. Chas brings his two sons, all grieving the loss of their mother. Margot leaves her husband, psychologist, Raleigh, played by Bill Murray. Their next door neighbor, Eli, played by Owen Wilson, is a successful author of westerns, which garner terrible reviews. Royal comes home, saying he is dying of cancer. No one seems to care much, but he is trying to mend fences. This is at once a comedy and a dramedy. Laugh out loud and then morose. All are seeking attention, and the ploys that are used are astounding.
We can all find a bit of us in these characters and how they react. Every family is like this in many ways. Now, we see it upfront and personal on the big screen.
Highly Recommended. prisrob 08-28-12
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