Directed by Wes Anderson, The Royal Tenenbaums follows an estranged family of former child prodigies – Chas (Ben Stiller), Richie (Luke Wilson), and Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) – who reunite with their parents (Gene Hackman and Anjelica Huston) when one of their members announces that he has a terminal illness.
Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2001, The Royal Tenenbaums is a brutally honest family drama. With brilliant cinematic sequences and a soundtrack that fits the film to a key, this is another one of Anderson’s best, and is probably his most critically acclaimed to date.
What Anderson’s films do well is the way they will always fill you with a sense of joy, though sometimes with a sense of sadness at the same time, and that’s what shines through this film as it serves as a great feel-good film.
Yet again with a brilliant, mainstream cast stepping out of their comfort zones into a not-so-mainstream film, Anderson is able to create such magnificent characters. Gwyneth Paltrow gives a brilliant performance, one of her most definitive, I feel, but the cast is also welcomed by the hugely comical Gene Hackman and Ben Stiller.