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Royal Tenenbaums (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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Le jeune réalisateur Wes Anderson s’était déjà placé sur la liste des noms à retenir grâce à l’univers décalé de son premier film, Rushmore. Son second long-métrage, La Famille Tenenbaum (The Royal Tenenbaums), confirme que le cinéma d’auteur américain peut compter sur un nouveau talent.

En dépeignant les aventures somme toute banales de l’extraordinaire et loufoque famille Tenenbaum, Anderson livre avec une tendresse amusée une galerie de portraits hauts en couleur. Dans cette tribu de génies dégénérés, tout se joue entre le père intriguant (Gene Hackman), la fille adoptée dépressive (Gwyneth Palthrow), l’aîné au bord de la crise de nerfs (Ben Stiller) et le benjamin trop calme pour être normal (Luke Wilson). Également à noter, la présence d’un futur grand talent de la comédie américaine, Owen Wilson, qui co-signe aussi le scénario.

Sous la forme d’un faux documentaire biographique, narré par Alec Baldwin, Anderson nous présente cette famille brillante mais complètement dysfonctionnelle, dans un univers aux couleurs acidulées, tout en faisant preuve d’une extrême inventivité sur les plans formel et narratif. À la fois absurde et touchante, The Royal Tenenbaums est une farce très réussie où les petits garçons créent des souris dalmatiennes, où les grands possèdent un aigle nommé Mordecaï et où même Gwyneth Palthrow peut avoir l’air de bien jouer. --Helen Faradji

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Royal Tenenbaums is a beatiful movie that is very full of life and graced with poetic characters. The story has been described by many people, so I will just say that this is one of those movies where the story dosen't really matter because you are so enamored by the characters. This movie is basically a character study but with a whole family and their various friends, children, and spouses. Everything about the set, the costumes, and the way the actors portray their characters is fairy tale like and almost seems like a metaphor for something more ordinary, but is just beautiful and filled with tiny details that draw you into their world with an open heart.
The movie is wonderfully written and acted, although some people may not get the humor or may be expecting easy laughs, so they will not really "get" or enjoy the movie because they don't know what to think. For the most part, this movie does not dictate to the audience what is funny about it, and it does not dictate who to like and what to think about the film. This leaves some less patient audience members feeling unsatisfied and like they have missed something, which they have. Many people I know who have seen this movie are expecting Ben Stiller ala There's Something About Mary, or Bill Murray ala Ghostbusters, but this is not the usual "popular comedy" sort of performance these actors give in this movie. Bill Murray says nothing directly funny at all, he just mopes around with a beard and a patient named Dudley, which is only funny if you take his character as a whole and stop to notice the subtle humor in his character and how he reacts to what goes on. It is the same for all the characters. Overall, I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who will appreciate a quirky, complex, understated dramedy, because the experience will stay with you for a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DEEPAK PALLANA RETURNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! June 4 2002
By A Customer
Once again, Wes Anderson brings back Deepak Pallana (Pagoda in the film). He has appeared in every Anderson film, especially as Kumar in Bottle Rocket. My friend and I still wonder why this quirky guy ends up in all of Anderson's movies, but I love every minute of it. He is hilarious!!!! Pagoda yelling "You son of a beeech" and stabbing Royal Tenenbaum is so unexpected and hilarious, I almost fell out of my seat. Tenenbaum's reaction is almost as funny!!!! JUST SEE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A genuinely wonderful movie.. July 18 2004
By A Customer
I usually prefer older movies, but this could possibly be my favorite movie of all time. The script it brilliant, it's hilarious and touching. There's sorrow in the humor that makes it seem very real. The movie is very observant of human nature, and very insightful. It's also accompanied by a wonderful soundtrack, that compliments the dialogue and camerawork beautifully.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the best benn stiller movie ever July 16 2004
By chode
I am a skeptic on some prticular actors and actresses, and it so happens that two of them were in the royal tenembaums. Of course I'm referring to Luke wilson, and ben stiller.
Stiller has done nothing for me since appearing in theres something about Mary. He falls into this habit of playing the same two characters in every movie. The nice quiet innocent character who alway seems to be thrown to the wolves. nut stuck in zipper, crap on your dates especially favorite loofa, etc, etc. And of course there's the Ben stiller who is just a total jerk. In tenenbaums, Stiller actually flexes his acting muscles creating a new image of him and lodging it in my brain. Wow!! i guess he can act.
As for Wilson i didn't favor him simply because of the god awful shanghai movies. I admit now that was unfair Luke Wilson has my respect now. Not that he cares, but hey.
Ok well enogh rambling the movie was excellent and the charcters were very well thought out, particularly Margot. I will agree with a former reviewer in that the film was a bit tedious, but you win some and you lose some.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and Cerebral, but Still Warm June 10 2004
THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS is a film I love to watch again and again. The dialogue is so perfect and the performances so understated that I find something new in the film almost every time I see it.
The Tenenbaums are a family that are far more dysfunctional than most. Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman), the family patriarch, moved out of the family home and into a hotel about three years before the film opens. His wife, Etheline, however, did not divorce him and she remained in the house where she and Royal raised their three children. Royal and Etheline have the distinction of having three grown children, all of whom were prodigies, yet all of whom have grown up to be both paranoid and neurotic. Chas (Ben Stiller) was a financial whiz kid who's now afraid of even waking up in the morning. Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) was a promising playwright, and the only adopted child, who gave up both her career and her motivation when she married the very intellectual Raleigh St. Clair (Bill Murray). Now, instead of writing award winning plays, Margot's a closet smoker instead. (If she thinks anyone in her family would care, she'd better think again.) And then there's Richie, a once up-and-coming tennis star who gave it all up because of a burning romantic love for...who else? Margot.
The plot of THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS is set in motion when Etheline announces she wants to marry her long time accountant, Henry Sherman (Danny Glover). The news that his wife wants to remarry doesn't prompt Royal to give Etheline a divorce, despite their years apart. Instead, he decides he wants to enjoy her love and affection once again, so he fakes a terminal illness and moves back into the family manse, complete with hospital bed, IV tubes, and other assorted "sick bed" paraphernalia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Human than Fiction
Will likely go down as the best film Wes Anderson has and will ever make. Knowing the intricacies of the fine details Wes put into every scene is worth reading about, and only... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Micheal A. Aldred
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie!
I could watch this movie over and over. It is so quirky and silly but serious at times too. All Star Cast and wonderful soundtrack. I highly recommend this movie!
Published 9 months ago by Molly
5.0 out of 5 stars Prompt & Correct
This Criterion edition of The Royal Tenenbaums is predictably thorough and entirely enjoyable. One could not ask for more in the way of extras, and the quality throughout is... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Joshua Stanton
5.0 out of 5 stars Parfait
Le dvd était en parfait état, tel que décrit. Je suis très satisfaite. Il est arrivé rapidement et était très bien emballé.
Published 22 months ago by joannie lavoie
5.0 out of 5 stars Another terrific Wes Anderson original
While not quite as brilliant and original as Wes Anderson's previous
classic 'Rushmore', it's a terrific movie, full of wonderful
performances, great cinematic... Read more
Published on May 1 2011 by K. Gordon
2.0 out of 5 stars Hackman 2 Stars...Everyone Else Zero
Hackman delivers a wonderful performance as an insensitive selfish jackass. Unfortunately, the rest of the all-star cast seem to be perfectly content to stand around and watch him... Read more
Published on July 9 2004 by J
5.0 out of 5 stars tenenbaumlicous
this movie is licous , granjer , and totally obsolete .
i rented this motion picture thinking it will suit the evening with funny and absolutley no obsolete scenes . Read more
Published on June 28 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars A Pale Imitation of Masterworks
I went into this film with high hopes . . . good writers, great cast. I came away feeling utterly cheated by what apepared to be nothing more than a poor effort to capture the... Read more
Published on June 21 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
Wes Anderson has cemented his reputation as one of the premier directors of his generation with this finely crafted film. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by Matty N
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