With the fourth part of the video essays we come to my personal favourite, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou from 2004. I have very fond memories of watching the Jacques Cousteau documentaries which are the inspiration for the look and the background to the film. The attention to detail with the red hats and the name of the boat all lend an extra dimension of pleasure even before you look at the acting talent on show.
The film is an absolute delight and leaves you with a big smile on your face. It is arguably the best on-screen Bill Murray performance after the untouchable Groundhog Day. The video essay from Mark Zoller Seitz is an excellent, in-depth look at the process that Wes Anderson went through to get it to the screen. Another insightful and absorbing glimpse at the career of a great film maker.