Thursday, December 29, 2005

The Royal Tenenbaums




I find this to be Wes Anderson's most accomplished movie: the fractured clan of an fractious, ne'er-do-well-scoundrel tries to escape their childhood demons, and live up to their mother's best hopes and their own best dreams at the same time their dead-beat-patriarch tries to make good with them too (his motives are less then sterling). Such a roster of quirky, troubled geniuses (!) such a richly conceived mise en scene (!) such elaborate webs of relationships (!), such a compassionate, eccentric diction (!) -- I couldn't imagine enjoying a movie more than I did (and do) this one.


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an old scrap i wrote a long time ago...