My February pick for the Blind Spot challenge was “The Royal Tenenbaums“. A Wes Anderson classic and a cult movie, the film tells the story of the Tenenbaums and the estranged father’s quest to reunite and reconcile with the family. It was a fun, sweet movie, that kind of bored me in the beginning, but got my attention by the end of it.
Wes Anderson is a special kind of director. He has one of the most distinct, out of the ordinary styles, and it’s plain obvious when you are watching his movies. The strong colors. The wacky characters. The awkwardness of the situations. The inability of some characters to adapt to society or social norms. Although it’s an admirable and cool trait of his, it can sometimes feel too repetitive, and also become a bit boring. But I don’t think we’ve reached that point yet. So, yes, “The Royal Tenenbaums” definitely feels like a Wes Anderson movie, and it’s one of his best.
I liked the character introduction and the change of chapters, although in some parts, especially in the first part of the movie, I felt it made the film stiffer and more boring. I often lost interest in the movie and checked my phone; it felt a little impersonal somehow. But when the bathroom scene happened, it got me, it was so unexpected. And after that, the hospital scenes were so emotional, that from that point on I was invested in the movie and it got my attention back.
The best part of “The Royal Tenenbaums” were definitely the characters. Like I mentioned before, Wes Anderson creats some of the wackiest, interesting movies in the cinema world, therefore his characters are the same. I loved Richie’s shyness and sad nature (Luke Wilson was hot in this movie), Gene Hackman was the perfect deceiving father and I even loved Alec Baldwin as the narrator. My favorite was, as expected, Margot Tenenbaum. The look she had for this movie is a style in its own: the hair, the dark eyes, the fur coat, everything was effortlessly cool and chic.
Overall, “The Royal Tenenbaums” was a good movie that I enjoyed. A Wes Anderson classic that is rightfully crowned as a cult movie.