The Royal Tenenbaums Reviews
I really enjoyed the first part of this comedy, which contains strong performances from the talented cast. However I felt that it lost direction in the second half, and some scenes towards the end were overdone and silly. Overall it is a unique, quirky, and interesting movie.
Not the best of Wes Anderson's work, but in this film we see his most original style in motions of camera (of course, the famous pan), editing or movement of characters.
First of all: the characters are unlikable. Not only are likable characters crucial for most films, they're essential to Wes's. These characters' quirkiness, unlike in all other Andersen films, is not charming or endearing.
The central premise is that the Tenenbaums are, basically, the Incandenza family from Infinite Jest (There's even a tennis prodigy connection), albeit less remarkable and more messed up. Or, at least, messed up in a different way.
Royal Tenenbaum himself, the patriarch and central figure to the story, is written to be insufferable. The problem with unlikable characters is that I do not enjoy watching them because they are unlikable. Unfortunately, Royal gets the most screentime.
The rest of the family inherited his personality flaws, and it doesn't outweigh their redeeming distinct character traits. Following their hamfisted journey to reconstruct the family felt like a chore gone awry.
Secondly: there is a bizarre lack of signature Wes Andersen-y shots. I won't rattle off what qualities a Wes Andersen-y, shot has, but film lacked them. Or, at least, they were too subtle to be remarkable.
In summation, this doesn't feel like a Wes Andersen film, and that's bad. In an ensemble piece, the characters are unlikable and uncharming and the cinematography lacked the director's signature, lovable style. Therefore, I did not like or love this film.
The Royal Tenenbaums
The symmetric world and the camera work has always been the maker's signature that lures in the audience through its stunning visuals and pleasingly light and breezy tone of the feature; contradict to its premise. As mentioned, it is rich on such technical aspects like costume design and cinematography but is short on sound department. Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson; the screenwriters, has done an excellent work on offering concrete material that is flat out hilarious and keeps the audience engaged where no one can defy that he or she isn't entertained. Wes Anderson; the director, as always, is excellent in his work on execution and the primary reason it always works is his awareness of the vision that he wishes to implement on screen. The performance is of course, amazingly done because of such a great cast especially Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Gene Hackman. The only minor conflict in here, is that the material hits on screen all together and offers very little time to breathe to the audience which can be off putting at times. The Royal Tenenbaums is a family drama enriching into a cathartic release where even though there isn't much to connect to the world depicted in here, it certainly is supremely entertaining.
Recently, I've been seeing more and more people start dismissing Wes Anderson. They think he's all about 'quirkiness', and feel he has nothing original to offer. Yet, I dare you to watch the first few minutes of this film, and tell me it could have been made by anyone else. This is someone who, much like Edgar Wright with editing, and Tarantino with dialogue, has something so distinct and unique about his approach to filmmaking that you can't miss it. And by no means is his style a gimmick, in any way. The story of 'The Royal Tenenbaums' is sweet and quirky - indeed like most of Anderson's filmography - and were it made by anyone else the end product would have turned out fine, but likely wouldn't have been anything more than that. With Anderson at the helm, however, he elevates this material to more than it has any right to be. The little nuances, the great direction, the beautiful cinematography - along with the typical bevy of great performances his work always has - allow him to make something we've seen before feel wholly original. And if that isn't talent, I don't know what is.
Una despampanante propuesta visual y una divertida y genial historia con excelentes personajes.
Although, I wonder, does a Wes Anderson movie always require that the characters stay so static? So one dimensional? always representing a single characteristic like "a son of a bitch" "a businessman" "a depressed beauty". Its funny to me that it works for Anderson movies, but in other instances it deemed a negative attribute. Maybe thats the allure of his movies.. They seem to defy the classic screenplay requirements.