An award-winning cast creates the perfect dysfunctional family in the comedy-drama “The Royal Tenenbaums.”
In order to deliver their screenplay effectively, Wes Anderson, director and writer of “The Royal Tenenbaums,” and Owen Wilson, co-writer, needed to cast the roles of the members of the Tenenbaum family with careful consideration.
Gene Hackman plays Royal Tenenbaum, the patriarch of the family. Royal’s character was specifically written for Hackman, portraying an inconsiderate and crooked father who alienates himself from his family.
Anjelica Huston plays Etheline, Royal’s wife and an archaeologist. Royal and Etheline’s marital status remained the same, although Royal lived alone in the Lindbergh Palace Hotel on credit for 22 years.
The three Tenenbaum children include: Chas (Ben Stiller), Richie (Luke Wilson) and Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow). The Tenenbaum family adopted Margot at the age of two and hasnA,’t let her forget it.
Each one of the Tenenbaum children possessed a specific talent at a young age Richie, a tennis champion, Margot, a playwright, and Chas, a businessman.
After two decades of dealing with a dishonest father, the three Tenenbaum children develop their own insecurities and dilemmas.
As an unsuccessful novelist and neighbor, Eli Cash (Owen Wilson) devotes his time trying to become something he’ll never be: a Tenenbaum. (He even sent his college report cards to Etheline Tenenbaum).
Other cast members include Bill Murray, Margot’s neurologist husband, and Danny Glover, Etheline’s business manager.
The film uses a storybook method to explain the characters and their relation to one another. The point of the movie may seem more evident toward the end.
Behind all of the bizarre characters and situations exists an overall message: the ability to recognize personal development and the willingness to confront problems, especially those relating to family.
Sharing similar humor and style as “Rushmore,” Anderson’s 1998 comedy, “The Royal Tenenbaums” fulfills any moviegoers’ expectations of a twisted comedy with a remarkable cast.