Presidents’ Weekend Marathon 5: The Royal Tenenbaums

I am one of the ten people–those mythical creatures you may have heard of–who didn’t like Rushmore. This is why I didn’t believe the hype when The Royal Tenenbaums came out. I approached with skepticism, and only then after having been reassured that Bill Murray does not, in fact, kiss anyone.

This time I was pleasantly surprised. Wes Anderson’s knack with drawing characters and Owen Wilson’s quirky humor won a fan.

Tenenbaums is about a man coming of age–old age–and making the discovery that he would like the love of his family. In the process, he also decides to become a better person, more by default than on purpose. If it sounds sappy, it isn’t. Gene Hackman is damned sharp as the self-confessed asshole Royal. Surrounded by people most of us hope we never meet in real life, he insists on having his way and taking everyone with him.

Tenenbaums could have been a bit shorter. I kept wondering if it was over yet, only to find one more vignette coming. I’m not a fan of extensive exposition, but many minutes could have been replaced with sentence or two, or even nothing. There was indulgent fluff to be had. That’s my only complaint about what was an enjoyable flick. Nothing hard, plenty odd, and lots of fun.

Side note: saw a preview for Gangs of New York. Nice to see Daniel Day Lewis again. Too bad about Cameron Diaz.

2 Responses to Presidents’ Weekend Marathon 5: The Royal Tenenbaums

  1. Paul says:

    I was one of those ten anti-Rushmore folks too, Cat! And I saw Tenenbaums this weekend too, Cat! And I thought it was good too, Cat! 🙂

  2. Cat says:

    I’m so glad, Paul!