I finally got to see Wes Anderson's newest "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" and dug it in a big way. Sure, it was a little lumbering and less personal-feeling than his previous pictures, but it was still a candy-colored delight full of comedy depth chargers and subtle sight gags (including a nod to the "real" Steve Zissou in the closing credits).
One of the biggest delights was to see Willem Dafoe alter his mad grin from maniacal to madcap. He was perfection and his delivery of "Are you two fighting?" was one of the funniest moments in the film. Cate Blanchett, who first earned my everlasting devotion in (oddly enough) "Coffee and Cigarettes," and the majestic Angelica Houston helped ground the live wires of Bill Murray and clan.
As I watched the entire expedition's crew (plus a great Jeff Goldblum) stare in awe at the ocean before them while riding in an over-capacity chubby yellow sub, I realized once again that I want to live in Wes's world--even it if has to be in two-hour intervals.