So many new followers lately! Mate there’s some sort of Wes Frenzy going on due to the release of the new trailer…
weareofoneblood asked: Why does Chas dislike Richie? Do we find out?
This is open to interpretation, but here is my take on the matter:
First of all, Chas is grieving deeply over the loss of his wife. He’s in a lot of pain and is always on edge to begin with. Being back in his old home with his whole family (whose history is complicated and painful) no doubt provokes him as well.
Second of all, Richie was favored by Royal throughout their lives. This resentment has lasted through the years, and carries over into their adult lives. Margot’s response to Royal favoring Richie seems slightly more complex. She was adopted, so always on the “outside” anyway; her personality was (and is) very introverted, not to mention she loves Richie, and certainly won’t hold it against him for being favored. Richie did nothing wrong.
Richie also insists on remaining close with Royal. He is patient, forgiving, and understanding. Chas is none of these things, and I think the fact that Richie is able to behave this way frustrates Chas, because he CAN’T forgive Royal and doesn’t want to (understandably so). Personally, I think he’s afraid of feeling the emotions that Richie is able to. He’s been neglected and practically betrayed by his father (whom he no doubt loved at one point — and still does, deep down), and he lost his wife tragically and suddenly, whom he obviously loved as well.
So, Chas doesn’t really “dislike” Richie, I don’t think. He’s angry at life, angry at Royal, and maybe directly angry with Richie, as well.
There are layers and years of complicated feelings within the Tenenbaum family. Ultimately, I think Chas resents Richie for being favored, and hates that Richie is still able to forgive so easily after, in the long run, being just as hurt as the rest of them.
Also, Wes Anderson said he thought it would be funny if Ben Stiller was just angry all the time. And, in a sad sort of way, it really is…