The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums ★★★★★

Most directors tell stories to look as though they're real; Wes Anderson tells reality to appear as though it's a story. Wes Anderson tells deeply human stories and makes it clear that there is not just humanity on display but humanity behind the scenes, in the creation. Separated into chapters, a narrator telling as though from a book, the zooms just a little shaky to remind us that there is a person holding the camera, and of course every frame is clearly meticulously planned and framed. There is never a moment where one can possibly forget they're watching a film, and yet it is still entirely engrossing, emotional, and intelligent.

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