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I see other people liked this film, so all I can say is it didn't do it for me. Good performances all round but it was like a near-miss Woody Alan movie. Not awful, but I was a bit bored and did not find the characters interesting or engaging. Gene Hackman was in fine form as usual, but even his character (the father of a dysfunctional family of "geniuses") varies from dull to vaguely unpleasant. Bottom line: no laughs.
The description of this film left me unsure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised and rather enjoyed its left-field humour. The basic premise of a dysfunctional family attempting to right some wrongs and restore themselves is of course not new to film-making. But some of the extreme twists and turns of how this particular family go about things is hugely bizarre. Within many families there will be topics that remain out of bounds for various reasons; this family has them in abundance!
Seeing Gene Hackman in a comedy role was unexpected, but he pulled it off with aplomb. I already knew he was a great actor, but this uncharacteristic part further reinforced my admiration. Gwyneth Paltrow also shone very brightly, giving a great turn as a former child prodigy turned nervous wreck adult. Throughout this film there is a succession of events that should generate light chuckles, which build its momentum and carry it along rather well. There are also a couple of mood-changing darker moments which linger in the air, to make you wonder whether laughing was appropriate. A clever ploy. Recommended
Good film, the Criterion blu-ray improves the picture quality substantially and the colors are massively improved. Lots of extras, though I wish they included information on how long each special feature is as some of the interviews are up to an hour long.
One of Wes Anderson's best films thanks to the top class cast i.e. Gene Hackman(superb) even Ben Stiller usually a pain to watch isnt out pf his depth usual quirky Anderson plot,dialogue all add up to an enjoyable watch
From the opening credits, I loved the whole film. The cast is superb and the acting consistently brilliant. The story - three siblings back under one roof for the first time since they were each a child genius - is excellent - dark and comic and strange. Luke Wilson in the most melancholy role I've seen him in, Ben Stiller for once not playing for laughs, Owen Wilson as the truly preposterous academic, Eli Cash, Paltrow in her most watchable role by a mile, and Angelica Huston as the calm and dignified wife called upon to house her dying estranged and disgraceful husband and his faithful retainer. Everything about this film is brilliant.
Hilarious and witty comedy, Yet another great film by Wes Anderson. Royal Tenenbaums is basically a film about a dysfunctional family's dynamics, showing the relationships of each of the characters with the main protaganist, Royal Tenenbaum - played wonderfully by Gene Hackman. The whole cast are pefect, with my favourite performances coming from Luke Wilson and Ben Stiller. The soundtrack as always with a Wes Anderson film is fantastically indie and only adds to the style and feel of the film - with songs from; the Rolling Stones, Nico, Nick Drake, The Clash, Paul Simon, and Van Morrison, though my favourite has to be Mutato Muzika Orchestra's version of "Hey Jude" Absolutely love this film and definitely recommend you give it a go, If you haven't seen it you are definitely missing out.
This film is pure genius and never fails to put a smile on my face! Brilliant acting, great story line and the way it's filmed always fascinates me. I bought my copy through Zoverstocks on here and the delivery was fast(as usual) and brilliant quality. Not that it's the case that matters. Definitely would recommend both the film and Zoverstocks!
The story of this fabulously dis-functional family is told with subversive wit and a wayward disregard for 'normality'. I really felt at home with them especially Margot! A stellar cast plays out each eccentric role with relish in a surreal plot punctuated by very particular music (something that always adds an extra brilliant dimension to Wes Anderson's films). The only gratuitous violence is the death of Butley.