This family is awesome in a weird way…
In the 70s, the Tenenbaums is a rich family who resides in New York. The story begins when the father left (kicked out by the wife) and return when he has a fatal illness. Once again The Tenenbaums are reunited, but things have changed since then and so have their problems. Can the grown-up kids cope up with their eccentric father behaviour while figuring out life along the way?
I am aware of Wes Anderson’s “quirkism” and it clearly shows here. The film has brilliant induced dark humour without going too extensive. The way Wes Anderson balance between the “normal” and “weird” tone in the film is exceptional – you won’t feel overwhelmed by it. The film’s artistic setting also look groovy on-screen, giving off the 70s vibe. While the script is pretty simple, it tells about a family and how it functions. Every families are different but in the end they are still that, a family. The interaction and chemistry between the cast is solid. By casting Gene Hackman as the father and Anjelica Huston as the mother, Wes Anderson did a marvelous job by pairing them with Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow and Luke Wilson as the children. They are all well-written and peculiar characters at the same time. Arguably Luke Wilson as Richie Tenenbaums is my favourite.
In the end, The Tenenbaums come off as a stylish movie with heart. This is my first Wes Anderson film and I am already a fan.