The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Directed by Wes Anderson

Starring Gene Hackman, Angelica Houston, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Danny Glover, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow.

This is a movie that I think is underrated. When I saw this film for the first time I was really blown away with the story and the characters. I remember going to Blockbuster Video one day and renting this movie just by seeing the cast, and I was truly surprised.

The movie starts showing us the genius of the Tenenbaum children until we get to the present day where the family is broken up and far from those glory days. Royal is separated from his wife and it’s about to be evicted from the hotel room where he lives with his butler Pagoda. Royal knowing he has nowhere to live developed a plan to move back in the house with his still wife Ethel, they had not filed the divorce. Royal pretends that he is dying in hopes to reconnect with his family. Something that none of his children seems to want except Richie. Chaz lives with his two sons, he lost his wife in an accident and because of that he is worried constantly about safety and decides to move in with his mother to make his apartment safer, when Margo, his adopted sister finds out she decided to also move back, Richie returns from a trip he took and with his return all the Tenenbaums were in the house. Another problem for Royal was Henry who wanted to marry Ethel.

This movie was truly unique. The story is funny and at the same time moving. A story of how this horrible father in the ends redeems himself with his family. The characters are weird and imperfect in many ways but we still care about them. But the movie has many stories, every character has something going on and that makes the movie so much interesting and better.

Gene Hackman was fantastic in the movie. The role was created with him in mind and he nailed it. In fact, the whole cast is great in the movie and they all add something to the film.

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