Hi guys! We are finally to my favorite Wes Anderson film, The Royal Tenenbaums. For me, this was the first true Wes Anderson - style movie. It was the initial film that really showed off the grandeur and possibilities that Wes could create. In a way, it was the first time he gave the viewers a glimpse of his potential. For being 15 years old, the movie is stylistically on point for what styles are popular now. Every detail is some how on trend for my generation, and I'm slowly starting to realize that it's because of the movie itself. It was the influence that was so large it's carried on for most of my life.
I think that, as with most of Wes's films, the devil is in the details. They are what makes each movie special and unique. As I said, in my opinion, this is the first film that he really flexes that muscle, in a way. In the interview by Matt Zoller Seitz, it becomes apparent that Wes truly created every little thing in the movie, from the Zebra wallpaper in Margot's bedroom to every fake book by Eli Cash, just for the concept he wanted each scene to depict. As with anything that stands out stylistically, it takes a lot of work just to make things people won't even focus on but eventually add up to create the look you want. It's the excess in Wes's movies that make them so visually appealing, from The Royal Tenenebaums on.
The casting for this movie was also excessive, in that there were so many high profile actors. Granted, the Wilson brothers were just starting to reach their now well known level of fame, and Gwyneth Paltrow was on her way to her starlet level status in the film industry. However, it's not the young actors that give the film the weight it needs, it's the classic stars that are Angelica Huston, Bill Murray, Gene Hackman, and Danny Glover, that really give the movie the vibe it needs. Wes refers to the challenges that come with this many celebrities working on one film, the biggest being scheduling. It doesn't show though, in the film. It never feels dismembered by different people being able to film at different times. It all works and flows as it should, as any good movie does.
I could go on forever about this movie, but I'll stop here before we have the longest blog post ever on our hands. I hope everyone has a great week, and maybe works a little movie watching into their schedules!