The 100 Best Movies of the 2000's: 40-31
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36. Up (Pete Docter, 2010)
The top forty or so of this list is filled with Pixar movies, for one very simple reason. They are simply better at telling stories than pretty much everyone else. Up is a classic, rollicking adventure story that managed to make its entire audience cry in the first ten minutes.
Full of fleshed-out characters, exciting chase sequences, and a touching relationship between its two leads, Up is everything a kid’s adventure movie should be. It appeals perfectly to adults, without having to sacrifice any of its hilarious animal sidekicks. It doesn’t hurt that it is visually gorgeous, creating a lush jungle setting that feels utterly alien.
35. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson, 2004)
Continuing Wes Anderson’s tradition of making films about lovable assholes, The Life Aquatic is a very strange film that many people consider to be one of his lesser movies. If you haven’t seen it in a while, however, I very much recommend giving it another watch. There’s a lot of weird, great stuff in here, all of it rooted in the strange Wes Anderson version of pain and regret.
It’s easy to fixate on the whimsical-but-dark tone, or the stop-motion fish, but also worth noting is the phenomenal performance by Bill Murray as a man who is just not very good at having a family, who has just found out he has a sun. Of course, all of this is happening against the backdrop of his quest to blow up a shark with dynamite, so take that for what you will.