VIDEO: The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

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Phil Buni brings you Wes Anderson’s most underrated film, The Royal Tenenbaums, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, and Luke Wilson as former child prodigies whose lives have all gone horribly wrong thanks to their father (Gene Hackman), who suddenly reappears in their lives, claiming he has weeks to live.

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  • Muthsarah

    Underrated?! Am I high too? I thought everyone loved this movie (except for me). Now Life Aquatic is not only underrated, it was actually trashed when it came out and bombed, and it’s completely disappeared since. Fortunately, the other Anderson movies get the love they deserve, which is all of it. Think this is a case of hipsterism doubling back on itself? Is Tenenbaums such an note-perfect hipster flick that now every hipster has to hate it again?

    I can’t disagree with anything you’ve said here as far as the movie’s various cogs are concerned, as I think this is a remarkable, possibly perfect movie that just somehow didn’t add up to anything terribly satisfying. The overall tone is so bleak, despite Anderson’s familar yet wonderful visual style; I love bittersweet, but this was too much bitter and not quite enough sweet. I would compared it most to Darjeeling Limited, which wasn’t afraid to hit the audience with the sad stick, but found more places along the way to inject some fun, and not stick ENTIRELY to dry, dark humor to keep things humming along. And Darjeeling is my favorite Anderson film (and AD my favorite television comedy).

    Too hip for the hipsters, and too bittersweet for me, I guess. It absolutely does deserve more love, though, at least from my perspective way out of any hipster bubble, it seems to have a good reputation. Maybe it’s a hardcore thing.

  • Sardu

    I’m sorry- did you just say Anderson’s FIRST movie Rushmore? Seriously? Because Bottle Rocket is still the best thing he’s ever done and I’d rather not have it stricken from the record.