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The deeper you go, the weirder life gets
With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Bill Murray ... Steve Zissou

Owen Wilson ... Ned Plimpton

Cate Blanchett ... Jane Winslett-Richardson

Anjelica Huston ... Eleanor Zissou

Willem Dafoe ... Klaus Daimler

Jeff Goldblum ... Alistair Hennessey

Michael Gambon ... Oseary Drakoulias

Noah Taylor ... Vladimir Wolodarsky

Bud Cort ... Bill Ubell

Seu Jorge ... Pelé dos Santos

Robyn Cohen ... Anne-Marie Sakowitz

Waris Ahluwalia ... Vikram Ray
Niels Koizumi ... Bobby Ogata
Pawel Wdowczak ... Renzo Pietro

Matthew Gray Gubler ... Intern #1

Seymour Cassel ... Esteban du Plantier
Antonio Monda ... Festival Director
Isabella Blow ... Antonia Cook
James Hamilton ... Festival Photographer
Melanie Gerren ... Mandeeza
Nazzareno Piana ... Elderly Man (as Nazzareno 'Neno' Piana)
Rudd Simmons ... Man in Yellow Shirt
Leonardo Giovannelli ... Werner
Henry S.F. Cooper Jr. ... Talk Show Host
Pietro Ragusa ... Academic

Eric Chase Anderson ... Air Kentucky Pilot
Robert Wilson ... Air Kentucky Pilot
Don McKinnon ... Air Kentucky Pilot
Alessio Santini ... University of Alaska Intern
Paolo Sirignani ... University of Alaska Intern
Andrew Weisell ... University of Alaska Intern

Niccolò Senni ... University of Alaska Intern
Andrea Guerra ... University of Alaska Intern
Christiano Irrera ... University of Alaska Intern
Vincenzo Recchia ... University of Alaska Intern
Marco Ciarlitto ... University of Alaska Intern
Tony Schafrazi ... Larry Amin (as Tony Shafrazi)

Noah Baumbach ... Phillip
Stefano Maria Ortolani ... Italian Man in Audience
Sylvie Genin ... French Woman in Audience
Jacques Henri Lartigue ... Lord Mandrake (as Jacques-Henri Lartigue)
Muzius Gordon Dietzmann ... Javier
Gangyuan Xu ... Cedric
Robin Scott ... Hugo
Guglielmo Casciaro ... Carl
Alessandro De Angelis ... Hennessey Sailor
Andrea Bertone ... Hennessey Sailor
Andriy Kachur ... Hennessey Sailor
Roberto Salvi ... Hennessey Sailor
Stefano Masciolini ... Hennessey Sailor
Robert Sommer ... Party Guest
Anna Orso ... Party Guest
Ettore Conti ... Party Guest
Robert Graham ... Venezuelan General

Hal Yamanouchi ... Chief Pirate
Conrado Mendoza Dolor ... Pirate
Eduardo Bautista Grantuza ... Pirate
Simeon Maragigak Agelion ... Pirate
Walter Cajapao Casapao ... Pirate
Honorato Ilao Reyes ... Pirate
Roderick Magbay ... Pirate
Demetreo Castillo ... Pirate
Thomas Carwgal de la Peña ... Pirate
Edwarren Bantungon ... Pirate
Levi Mickael de Ramon ... Pirate
Aries Corales ... Pirate
Aries Dolor Ilagon ... Pirate
Joseph de los Reyes ... Pirate
Dennis Rayos Martinez ... Pirate
Taiyo Yamanouchi ... Pirate (as Tatyo Yamanouchi)
Wai Tung Wong ... Pirate
Ging Fang Zhu ... Pirate
Francis Dokyi ... Water Taxi Driver
Begni Bok Dong ... Young Ogata
Daniel Acon ... Former Team Zissou, Antarctica
Alexander Hamilton ... Former Team Zissou, Antarctica
Leica ... Cody

Directed by
Wes Anderson 
Writing credits
Wes Anderson (written by) &
Noah Baumbach (written by)

Produced by
Wes Anderson .... producer
Dan Beers .... associate producer
Barry Mendel .... producer
Scott Rudin .... producer
Rudd Simmons .... executive producer
Enzo Sisti .... co-producer
Original Music by
Mark Mothersbaugh 
Cinematography by
Robert D. Yeoman (director of photography) (as Robert Yeoman)
Film Editing by
David Moritz 
Casting by
Douglas Aibel 
Production Design by
Mark Friedberg 
Art Direction by
Stefano Maria Ortolani 
Marco Trentini (art direction)
Eugenio Ulissi 
Set Decoration by
Gretchen Rau 
Costume Design by
Milena Canonero 
Makeup Department
Jana Carboni .... assistant makeup artist
Maria Teresa Corridoni .... key hair stylist
Maurizio Damiani .... assistant hair stylist
Frances Hannon .... hair stylist: Bill Murray
Frances Hannon .... makeup artist: Bill Murray
Enrico Iacoponi .... assistant makeup artist
Rosa Luciani .... hair stylist
Vincenzo Mastrantonio .... makeup artist
Emanuel Millar .... hair stylist: Cate Blanchett
Belinda Parish .... hair stylist: Marineland, Antibes
Belinda Parish .... makeup artist: Marineland, Antibes
Corrado Pastore .... hair production assistant
Mario Pegoretti .... hair stylist
Francesco Scaramella .... assistant hair stylist
Katia Sisto .... assistant makeup artist (as Caterina Sisto)
Gino Tamagnini .... key makeup artist (as Gino Tomagnini)
Heba Thorisdottir .... makeup artist: Cate Blanchett
Cristina Patterson .... contact lens painter (uncredited)
Production Management
Manuela Cacciamani .... assistant unit manager
Vito Colazzo .... unit production manager
Federico Foti .... unit manager
Marco Olivieri .... unit manager: second unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Inti Carboni .... first assistant director
Roman Coppola .... second unit director
Edoardo Ferretti .... second second assistant director
Sam Hoffman .... first assistant director
Meghan Myszkowski .... dga trainee
Edoardo Petti .... second second assistant director
Daniele Ramazzotti .... second second assistant director: visual effects unit
Franco Maria Salamon .... second unit director
Alessio Spinelli .... second assistant director: second unit
Luigi Spoletini .... first assistant director: second unit
Luigi Spoletini .... second unit director
Simonetta Valentini .... second assistant director
Art Department
Alessia Anfuso .... draft person
Chiara Balducci .... lead person
Maria-Teresa Barbasso .... assistant art director
Simone Braguglia .... art department assistant
Cristina Cecili .... painter
Barbara Cicero .... art buyer
Giulia Chiara Crugnola .... assistant art director
Davide De Cubellis .... sketch artist
Sandro Ercolini .... painter (as Sandro Erdolini)
Bruno Falconi .... carpenter
Roberta Federico .... set designer
Antonio Fraulo .... assistant property master
Satjawatcharaphong Gritsada .... lead sculptor
Sandy Hamilton .... property master
Sandra Jelmini .... art department coordinator
John Kleber .... concept artist
Mauro Masotti .... drapery
Simona Migliotti .... set designer
Kris Moran .... assistant property master (as Kristine Moran)
Stefano Morbidelli .... on-set dresser
Antonio Murer .... set dresser
Sebastiano Murer .... props
Phred Palmer .... assistant set decorator
Mark Pollard .... graphic art director
Alessandra Querzola .... lead person
Ellen Ridgway .... character fabrication (as Ellen Ridgeway)
Saverio Sammali .... assistant art director
Giuliano Santalucia .... set dresser
Paola Sforzini .... painter (as Paolo Sforzini)
Briseide Siciliano .... draft person
Steve Thomas .... prop designer
Andrea Tolomei .... set dressing runner
Francesco Valento .... carpenter
Greg Winter .... assistant scenic artist
Bill Roth .... sculptor (uncredited)
Sound Department
Olivier Burgaud .... boom operator
David V. Butler .... dialogue editor
Kevin E. Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Kim Drummond .... dialogue editor
David Giammarco .... sound re-recording mixer
David Giammarco .... supervising sound editor
Wayne Griffin .... adr supervisor
Scott A. Jennings .... supervising sound editor
Jonathan Klein .... sound effects editor (as Jonathan A. Klein)
Goro Koyama .... foley artist
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Anna Malkin .... foley recording assistant
Rupert Nadeau .... assistant sound editor
Michael O'Farrell .... sound effects editor
Joe Schiff .... first assistant sound editor
Gregory H. Watkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Pawel Wdowczak .... sound mixer
Don White .... foley recording mixer
Paul Berolzheimer .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Daniel Acon .... special effects coordinator
Renato Agostini .... special effects supervisor
Danilo Bollettini .... special effects technician
Massimo Cardajoli .... special effects technician
Maurizio Corridori .... special effects
Stefano Corridori .... special effects technician
Damien Fitzpatrick .... dolphin technican
Andy Lawless .... shoot supervisor: animation unit
Marco Moneta .... special effects technician
Franco Ragusa .... special effects foreman
Silvano Scasseddu .... special effects
Ty Boyce .... animatronic designer (uncredited)
Pieter Folkens .... dolphin designer/sculptor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jacqueline Allard .... rotoscope: Gray Matter FX
Margaret Lily Andres .... assistant editor: animation unit
Christian T. Andrews .... motion control engineer: stop motion unit
Arthur Argote .... compositor: Gray Matter FX
Adam Avitabile .... digital compositor
Joseph Brattesani .... compositor: Gray Matter FX
Kevin R. Browne .... digital artist
Chad Buehler .... digital compositor
Scott Camera-Smith .... production engineering (as Scott Smith)
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals
Michael Collins .... digital artist
Walt Conti .... animatronic effects supervisor
Pierre Couture .... digital producer: Gray Matter FX
Sean C. Cunningham .... digital artist: Gray Matter Effects
Jeremy Dawson .... visual effects supervisor
Mark S. Driscoll .... visual effects producer: LOOK! Effects Inc. (as Mark Driscoll)
Travis Dutch .... scanning and recording
Henrik Fett .... visual effects supervisor: LOOK Effects, Inc. (as Henrik R. Fett)
Ray Giarratana .... visual effects supervisor
William Higgins .... rotoscope: Gray Matter FX
Timothy Hittle .... stop-motion animator
Nancy Hyland .... compositor: Gray Matter FX
Christopher Ivins .... digital compositor
Joni Jacobson .... compositor: Gray Matter FX
Patrick Keenan .... digital compositor: Pacific Title
Danny S. Kim .... compositor
Perry M. Kimura .... digital scanning and recording: Efilm/Deluxe
Justin Kohn .... lead stop-motion animator
Keith Lackey .... character modeler/rigger
Jay Lalime .... digital I/O: Gray Matter FX
Tom Lynnes .... CG artist: Gray Matter FX
Tom Lynnes .... CG supervisor: Gray Matter FX
Margaux Mackay .... visual effects producer: Gray Matter
Diane Macke .... project manager: EFilm
Gray Marshall .... visual effects supervisor: Gray Matter FX
Caleb Owens .... modeler: Gray Matter FX
Daren Rabinovitch .... model/miniature maker: ILM
César Romero .... compositor: Gray Matter FX
Robert Scifo .... digital matte painter: Gray Matter FX
Henry Selick .... visual effects: underwater scenes
Tefft Smith .... digital artist
Giuseppe Squillaci .... digital artist: Proxima
Nancy St. John .... visual effects producer
Eben Stromquist .... model maker
Pat Sweeney .... director of photography: animation unit (as Patrick Sweeney)
Eric Swenson .... visual effects director of photography
Thomas Tannenberger .... digital compositor
Dan Trezise .... digital compositor: Gray Matter
Paolo Verrucci .... telecine colorist dailies
Ntana Key .... second digital colorist: EFILM (uncredited)
Thomas Mathai .... data manager (uncredited)
David Ambrosi .... stunt double
Giorgio Antonini .... stunt double
Paolo Antonini .... stunt double
Massimiliano Bianchi .... stunt rigger
Danilo Capuzi .... stunt double
Gionata Marzeddu .... utility stunts
Stefano Maria Mioni .... assistant stunt coordinator (as Stefano Mioni)
Alessandro Novelli .... stunt double
Emiliano Novelli .... stunt double
Franco Maria Salamon .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Mickey Bergstrom .... video operator
John Boccaccio .... first assistant camera
Margaux Bonhomme .... director of photography: Marineland, Antibes unit
Fabio Capozzi .... electrician
Alessandro Cardelli .... electrician
Massimo Cecchini .... electrician
Fabio De Meis .... electrician
Claudio Del Gobbo .... dolly grip
Massimiliano Dessena .... best boy grip
Francesco Di Giacomo .... focus puller: second unit
Alessandro Di Meo .... second assistant camera: underwater unit
Stefano Di Pasquali .... grip
Paolo Di Stefano .... electrician
Sergio Faina .... key rigging grip
Stefano Falivene .... director of photography: second unit
Doriano Forti .... rigging grip
Claudio Frollano .... electrician
Claudio Gallicchio .... electrician
Laurent King .... director of photography: Marineland, Antibes unit
Massimiliano Kuveiller .... second assistant camera: second unit
Aurelio Langella .... grip
Simone Lucchetti .... electrician
Marcostavros Maggi .... clapper loader
Jim McConkey .... Steadicam operator
Tommaso Mele .... key grip
Giorgio Pezzotti .... grip
Mauro Pezzotti .... grip: visual effects unit
Alessandro Picchi .... rigging electrician
Carlo Postiglione .... key grip
Massimo Rinella .... grip
Pete Romano .... underwater photographer
Emanuele Salvatore .... grip
Antonio Scappatura .... motion control technician
Cristiano Sergioli .... crane technician
Corrado Serri .... assistant camera
Giovanni Tancredi .... best boy
Emiliano Topai .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Alberto Torrecilla .... additional first assistant camera: "b" camera
François Vigon .... second assistant camera
Carlo Vinciguerra .... gaffer
Maryan Zurek .... assistant underwater camera
Ian Speed .... libra technician (uncredited)
Animation Department
Mike Cachuela .... animatic artist
Martin Meunier .... creature supervisor
Roger Udwin .... assistant coordinator: animation unit
Casting Department
Stephanie Holbrook .... casting associate
Beatrice Kruger .... casting: Italy (as Béatrice Kruger)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Adducci .... costume department coordinator
Johanna Bronner .... costume assistant
Claudio Manzi .... costume assistant
Bojana Nikitovic .... assistant costume designer
Uliva Pizzetti .... costume supervisor
Annie Yun .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Will Barnes .... avid technician
Jason Barnoski .... post-production assistant
David Bernstein .... colorist: high definition mastering
Luke Borghi .... assistant editor
Dale E. Grahn .... film color timer
Jennifer Hatton .... assistant editor
Natasha Leonnet .... digital color timer (as Natasha Leonett)
Jack Lewars .... assistant color timer: Efilm
Daniel R. Padgett .... additional film editor
Lorene Simpson .... digital intermediate producer
Mary Beth Smith .... negative cutter
Ellen Taylor .... assistant editor
Michael R. Taylor .... post-production assistant
Gina Zappala .... assistant editor
Charles Bunn .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Jamie Mitchell .... video post-production editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Nicola Fedrigoni .... assistant location manager
Enrico Latella .... location manager
Erik Paoletti .... location manager
Milena Bono Parodi .... location coordinator (as Milena Bono)
Andrea Passalacqua .... location manager
Franco Rapa .... location services: Naples, Italy
Vincenzo Testa .... location supervisor
Music Department
Jim Dunbar .... music coordinator
Walt Fowler .... musician: trumpet
Christopher Guardino .... conductor
Christopher Guardino .... musician: piano, celeste, harpsichord, organ
Christopher Guardino .... orchestrations (as Chris Guardino)
Richard Henderson .... music editor
Jonathan Karp .... additional music editor
Stewart Lerman .... music recording mixer
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
Booker White .... music preparation
Reggie Wilson .... music contractor
Transportation Department
Daniele Abeille .... transportation coordinator
Paolo Bernardini .... driver
Paolo Bernardini .... production driver
Massimiliano Rocchetti .... transportation captain
Other crew
Andrea Alunni .... assistant marine coordinator
Daren Bailey .... assistant marine coordinator
Eleonora Baldwin .... script supervisor: second unit
Matteo Bardelli .... set production assistant
Jaclyn Bashoff .... assistant: Anjelica Huston
Rebecca Booth .... production assistant
Giorgio Catalano .... production accountant
Ted Cella .... assistant: Scott Rudin
Carmela Compagnone .... assistant accountant
Molly Cooper .... assistant: Barry Mendel
Ian Creed .... marine coordinator
Chris Cussen .... executive assistant: Mr. Rudin
Steve Eckelman .... assistant: Owen Wilson
Johnny Egan .... production assistant
Jules Eggli .... assistant: Scott Rudin
Willy Faso .... production assistant
Max Fink .... assistant production coordinator
Alessandro Fiorito .... accountant
Maria Fiorito .... production accountant
Alessandra Fortuna .... assistant: Rudd Simmons
Alex Fratar .... assistant: Scott Rudin
Brandon Hollyer .... assistant post-production accountant
Dean Hood .... financial controller
Aaron Janus .... assistant: Scott Rudin
Mike Larocca .... executive assistant: Scott Rudin
Valeria Leonardi .... additional assistant: Wes Anderson
Anna Martemucci .... American Empirical Intern
Nicola Marzano .... key set production assistant
Norma Marie Mascia .... production coordinator
Grant McFadden .... assistant: Wes Anderson
Cariddi McKinnon Nardulli .... assistant: Enzo Sisti (as Cariddi Nardulli)
Karin Mercurio .... accountant
Paolo Merosi .... extras supervisor
Nata More .... set production assistant
Claudia Moscatello .... set dressing coordinator/estimator
Lillian Parker .... assistant: Wes Anderson
Giampiero Pelusi .... set production assistant
Rino Piccolo .... film commissioner
Cory Poccia .... production office intern
Connor Price .... executive assistant: Scott Rudin
Silvia Riolo .... assistant production coordinator
Eugene Rizzo .... publicist
Patrizia Roletti .... assistant to coordinators
Adam Rosenberg .... assistant: Scott Rudin
Amina Runyan-Shefa .... additional assistant: Barry Mendel
Sarah Schechter .... executive in charge
Annalisa Schmid .... accommodation coordinator
Cristiano Sebastianelli .... cashier
Jon Silk .... assistant: Scott Rudin
Virginie Simon .... legal advisor
Massimiliano Sisti .... accounts assistant
Stefania Sisti .... production secretary
Valentina Testa .... payroll assistant
Annemarie van de Mond .... script supervisor
Joan Washington .... pre-production coach: Cate Blanchett
Danlee Winegar .... assistant: Cate Blanchett
Tim Ballou .... senior script clearance manager (uncredited)
Andrew S. Kahn .... assistant: Scott Rudin (uncredited)
Eric Chase Anderson .... special thanks
Jacques-Yves Cousteau .... dedicatee
George Drakoulias .... special thanks
Maya Forbes .... special thanks
Mitch Glazer .... special thanks
Kelly Lynch .... special thanks
Tara Subkoff .... special thanks
Gore Vidal .... special thanks
Wallace Wolodarsky .... special thanks (as Wally Wolodarsky)

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Also Known As:
"Life Aquatic" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for language, some drug use, violence and partial nudity
119 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Michael Gambon's character's glasses were modeled after those of Ennio Morricone.See more »
Errors in geography: When Steve and Ned are in the helicopter, they're supposedly far out in remote "unprotected waters". There's a two-masted sailboat visible over Steve's right shoulder in several shots. In the same sequence, the water beneath the helicopter is shallow and churning with brown sand, indicating this was shot very near a beach.See more »
[first lines]
[in Italian]
Festival Director:Ladies and gentlemen, we are very pleased to welcome you to the world premiere of Part 1 of the newest film from a great favorite of ours here at Loquasto, Mr. Steve Zissou. A brief Q & A will immediately follow the screening. Thank you.
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242 out of 360 people found the following review useful.
In twelve years, the baby will be eleven and a half., 12 January 2005
Author: Andy (film-critic) from Bookseller of the Blue Ridge

What a stunning body of work Wes Anderson has created. I will be honest, when I first saw the previews to this film I was worried that Anderson may have gone the way of so many other directors who have developed their name in Hollywood. Art is replaced by money, which is replaced by angry fans. I saw the CGI fish and began to feel a sweat break with nervousness. Will he be able to continue the humor from Bottle Rocket, the darkness of Rushmore, as well as the ensemble connectedness from The Royal Tennanbaums? Well, folks, I am here to announce that he has taken the Hollywood money and has not veered too far off his signature course. I always imagine Anderson's work as a very dry martini. His humor, the most intelligent work I have seen in a long time, is like the liquid itself, creating this bold texture while packing a powerful emotional punch. The olives are the cast, giving just some extra to nibble on while you enjoy the entire drink. Place these elements together, the drink and olives, and you have The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

To begin with, this film would not have worked without anyone else in the lead than Bill Murray. His ability to contain himself while also giving us the emotional stress of being a first-time dad as well as loosing his best friend is Oscar worthy. He is the perfect guide for our trip, giving us that knowledgeable laugh as well as those sympathetic eyes that seem to shout, "Everything will work out". He is bold and smooth as both the Captain of the vessel as well as learning the tricks of being a father. His ability to deliver his lines was both crucial and beautifully timed giving us just enough to make us fall in love with him by the end of the film. Coupled with his amazing performances is the work of everyone else involved. Willem Dafoe proves that he can handle any role, big or small, and make it very memorable. My favorite character during this voyage was Cate Blanchett's role that nearly stole the show from Murray. Her multi-depth character gave us just the distraction that we needed to see the power of the father/son relationship. Her quirks take us deep into the human soul and give us a mother's perspective to this mission. It is a beautiful counter to Murray's passive/aggressive father figure. Goldblum is quickly becoming a favorite actor of mine, while Huston proves that she still has the ability inside of her. Both of these guys need to see more work. The rest of the eclectic cast ranges from the hilarious "interns" to the melancholy songs of David Bowie (see if you can spot them!). Even Noah Taylor (of Vanilla Sky fame) turned out a stunning performance. The cast shines through beautifully, playing off each other, giving us some of the best performances of the year.

I will admit, Anderson's comic narrative will leave this dry taste in your mouth, but for me it was a great experience. His humor is dry, his films are dry, but that is what makes him different than others in his field. He gives us those long pauses and obscure references that will either force you to think or create frustration because you do not understand his meaning. I have grown up on his films since seeing Bottle Rocket, and I love the way this man creates. One of my favorite lines and scenes in this film that I have raved to everyone as the epitome of an Anderson film was when Zissou first takes Ned to the island and Eleanor tells Steve that one of his cats died. After some banter, Ned asks what type of cat it was. Zissou replies "Who cares. A tabby I think…" which isn't funny at first, but then you realize that all he has on the island are Siamese cats, which only make me laugh harder in my seat. That is Wes Anderson humor, and it works perfectly for me. His ability to create these challenging characters and put them in situations that I never saw coming (the "pirates" scene being one of them) was outstanding. It felt as if he was throwing his crew into different troubles daily who in turn produced some of the best work ever. Only Wes Anderson could create beauty out of chaos.

My fear of the CGI was muted immediately when I saw that Anderson used the technique to create some of the most imaginative creatures ever to lurk in the sea impressed me. He didn't use it as a central focus of the film (until the end), and used it sporadically so that it really didn't feel as if it was being used. The creatures that he created are so bold and colorful that skillfully he uses them to counter the life of Zissou, which seems be getting darker by the day. This contrast allowed me to see deeper into Murray's character and root for his misadventures throughout the entire film.

Overall, I was very impressed. I know that not many enjoyed this picture as much as his previous works, but for me it was a fresh chapter with a stellar cast. Anderson is slowly changing the face of cinema, and soon others will follow trying to recreate his award winning voice, but will not succeed. This man is in the same boat as Gondry, Coppola, Jonez, and Kaufman. These are the imaginative thinkers of Hollywood that continually break the mold and open the doors to new possibilities.

Grade: ***** out of *****

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