It might seem I’m on some kind of Wes Anderson marathon based on my recent reviews, when in reality I’m not, I just watch his films so frequently it also provides me with some fantastic material to review. Many might classify The Royal Tenenbaums as the ultimate Anderson film and the apex of his career, but I truly believe this was him just getting started and he’s being re-inventing himself with ever genre he’s tackled ever since. Narrated by Alec Baldwin, The Royal Tenenbaums follows the highs and the lows of the Tenenbaum family. Held together by a fantastic cast, Wes Anderson’s third film explores the dysfunctional family in the most quirky and beautiful way possible. This is the film that really introduced the Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson camaraderie to the world, showcasing what seems to be a sad story and gently adding layers of levity upon it until you reach its most beautiful finale, and just so it doesn’t go unmentioned, the soundtrack for this film is just perfectly amazing. Yeoman and Anderson’s signature look is there and thanks to its outstanding cast we get to see some amazing performances and moments in film that cannot be recreated, from what I consider to be Luke Wilson most nuanced and best performance (take into consideration I haven’t watch Meadowland yet) and a truly heartfelt performance from the master himself, Gene Hackman. Once again, a study of carefully constructed characters from the mind of Wes Anderson is another gentle masterpiece, leading me to rank it at an 89 out of 100.
Before I conclude with my review, I know I can’t just finish it without talking about one of my favorite scenes, the Richie Tenenbaum suicide attempt scene. Upon first viewing it stayed with me for sometime, I had never seen something so sad, but so artistically and beautifully made taking into consideration that it drastically changes the rest of the film. From the moment he starts ridding himself from his fantastic beard to the next day so much occurs, the suicide attempt serves as a release from all his burdens and a way of finally accepting who he is. From that moment on, Richie is finally able to make his relationship with his sister something real, he is finally able to speak out and actually relate to people once again, Richie’s attempt at killing himself really only serves as a way to bring himself back from the dead.With all that said, I would just like to add that it’s always awesome to see Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller go at each other, especially since this film was released just one year after Zoolander. With this final paragraph, I can finally conclude this review.