With the third of the video essays we come to the two thousand and one film The Royal Tenenbaums. A tale of a dysfunctional family of child prodigies who are brought together by their terminally ill father who is trying to make amends for the past. Laughing yet? This is one of these films that divided audience since its initial release. In a lot of ways it is the logical progression from Rushmore but it has an added layer of darkness to it.
Adding a certain gravitas to the usual stellar talent on show in Anderson’s features we have Angelica Huston, Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Stiller taking on their roles with enthusiasm.
Once again Mark Zoller Steiz pulls together an in-depth and interesting dissection of the film and the methods of the quite individual director.