My absolute favourite Wes Anderson film by far, The Life Aquatic is a modern classic that weaves imagination, humour and heart into an extremely entertaining package, displaying that when he gets it right, Anderson can be a force to reckon with. This conclusion to the film, which sees Zissou and his crew venture to the bottom of the sea to find the shark that killed his best friend. As they sit there in the dark, the beautiful Staralfur begins to play as the shark emerges glowing, not a monster, just an animal.
After having recently suffered another tragedy, Steve chooses to not get revenge after all, as he breaks down in tears. It’s a beautiful, poignant moment that ends the film in a wonderful fashion. “I wonder if it remembers me” he says, as the shark swims overhead. The films meanings and metaphors are none more clear, and a perfect conclusion to a fantastic film.