Of late, more and more of Bill Murray's roles skew towards the dramatic and it's no real surprise that he can pull it off. Although it was iconic comedies like Caddyshack
(not to mention Saturday Night Live
) that launched him into the celebrity stratosphere, early in his career he also made The Razor's Edge
, to varying critical success. Early in the new millennium, after what seemed like a long break from feature films (though Wes Anderson
fans would disagree), Murray returned stronger than ever in writer/director Sofia Coppola's Lost In Translation
. What comedic bits there are in the film only intensify the dramatic ones, and it's the subtle looks and constantly analyzing mind of Murray's character that enable a story simply about two people finding a way to battle loneliness, depression, and insomnia to resonate so strongly.