Friday, 30 January 2009

The Royal Tenenbaums

I really enjoy the efforts of Wes Anderson as a filmmaker, he has a similar technique of imparting his narrative as filmmakers like Tom DiCilo and Hal Hartley do, with a bit of Peter Greenaway thrown into the portraits and urban landscapes he shoots. Sometimes I get Wes Anderson mixed up with Paul Thomas Anderson (Not to be confused with Paul WS Anderson who directed Resident Evil) who directed Cigarettes and Coffee (Not to be confused with Coffee and Cigarettes by Jim Jarmusch) but the tell-tale difference between the two filmmakers is Bill Murray (and Owen Wilson). Well, actually there are many differences except perhaps moments of "eccentricity" within the urban, not unlike the work of Todd Solondz (Happiness, Storytelling).

The Royal Tenenbaums is not as sophisticated as Life Aquatic but it certainly has its own degree of finesse, and it definitely is just as ornate. The fortunate idiosyncrasy of Wes Anderson is his penchant for pace, particularly when it comes to weeding out dialogue, not necessarily motives as he can spring changes or developments in those at an instant. The Royal Tenenbaums has a weighty crew at the helms of the talent, Bill Murray of course, Owen wilson of course, and Anjelica Huston of course but also Gene Hackman, Ben Stiller and Danny Glover.

The Royal Tenenbaums is just as much as families crumbling as it is about them reuniting, it is topped off with a mild pseudo incest encounter between brother and adopted sister, Royal's classic line "It's not illegal but it is frowned upon, but so many things are frowned upon these days". Brian Tenenbaum, a friend of Wes Anderson plays a paramedic in the movie. Now, many readers may be thinking that a review of The Royal Tenenbaums is just a little too late, but this isn't a review, just a sort of reminder to myself and reflection of Wes Anderson's output of films.

Anyway, I'll get back on track to more festival deadlines coming up over the weekend.

Wes Anderson rides the Life Aquatic sub.

Wes Anderson is all set in post-production on Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl (screenplay by Wes Anderson). This is a claymation collaboration between Henry Selick (Claymation on Life Aquatic) and Wes Anderson, it will be released November 2009.

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