Paying tribute and parodying the adventures of Jacques Cousteau (with a touch of Moby-Dick), Wes Anderson’s 2004 film, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou follows oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) and his ship crew going on a revenge mission to kill a mysterious creature who ate his partner.
Upon its release, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou got mixed reviews. Like with Wes Anderson’s other films, it gained a cult following over the years. For being a fan of Wes Anderson, this is, unfortunately, my least favorite of his. That doesn’t mean I hated the film. The cast (led by Bill Murray) perform very well. It features a fun story, the same subtle humor like in Anderson’s other films, a great soundtrack (kudos to Seu Jorge for performing songs by David Bowie; in Portuguese, no less), oddly brilliant animation by Henry Selick, and a beautiful finale.
At times, the humor can be a bit dry (almost too dry for my cup of tea), the set-ups seem a bit off, even with the gunplay. I understand it’s intended to be comical, but it didn’t seem to go well. Nevertheless, I enjoyed The Life Aquatic.