“The Royal Tenenbaums” is a 2001 dark comedy / drama directed by West Anderson and co-written with Owen Wilson. It stars Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Danny Glover, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson. The story follows the lives of three childhood geniuses who obtained great success early, all who now as adults have faced crushing failures and defeats. The children’s father Royal Tenenbaum (Hackman) has returned after being absent since their teens, to stop his ex-wife from marrying again, and win back her affection and the hearts of their children. The film explores great loss and healing from those wounds in an extremely whimsical and absurdist way. The film is filled with melancholy and yet is touching and redemptive. The story is, however, confusing and can lose some altogether. Gene Hackman and Danny Glover give wonderful performances. It did well at the box office and with most film critics.
The Beer Lover’s Guide To The Movies pairs this film with Ni-Lo Brewhouse’s Wrecking Ball Imperial Porter. This beer has an ABV of 9.5%. It pours black with truly little head. You notice it does not have much carbonation. You pick up dark roasted coffee, molasses, nuts, and chocolate on the nose. You get dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, dehydrated fruit that is something like dates, and a little like toast that is a bit darker that you want with a boozy finale. It is a good tasting and well-balanced beer. This beer goes with this film because it is dramatic with lighter notes to it, much like the film. It plays well across your senses.