2/17/2012 The Royal Tenenbaums

So on Tuesday, when I went to Blockbuster to rent Something Borrowed, there’s was a Valentine’s Day special, rent a new release and get an old movie free. I was just browsing and saw The Royal Tenenbaums and when I heard that I could rent it for free, I was like, why not. I’d seen part of it on tv somehow, I think. Anyways, one of my first Wes Anderson films.

The Tenenbaums are quite the family. All three kids are geniuses at a young age, but after their parents’ marriage falls apart, they all start to go downhill a little bit. Chas is a businessman from a young age, Margot writes plays, and Richie is a tennis superstar. Their mother, Etheline, raises them.

They are all grown up and living their own separate lives, when they father, Royal, moves back into Etheline’s house because he has cancer. All three of the children move back as well. Richie is the only one who gets along with his father to any extent. Chas won’t have anything to do him, nor will he let his two sons have anything to do with him. Royal works around this and tries to spend some quality time with his grandsons. Margot feels neglected by him because he always introduced her as his adopted daughter and didn’t include her in trips to their grandmother’s gravesite.

Etheline works as an archaeologist in the city, finding bones where apartment buildings once stood and the like. She has dated a few men since separating Royal, but none of those relationships go anywhere until she meets Henry. He proposes to her and this causes some friction between him and Royal because Etheline and Royal aren’t divorced. So that’s the premise of the movie.

All of the characters have their quirks and it’s a talented cast. I liked how they all had deep emotions. It was a very real movie in that sense. Since I usually watch the “that only happens in movies” type movies, it’s nice to watch something more down to earth (not all events in the movie are “normal” though, as a disclaimer.)

Swearing, nudity, drugs, and violence are all in this film so future children can watch at 18, A- for its heart.


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