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Movie Review: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

Bill Murray and his crew stare off into the distance in "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou"

Bill Murray and his crew stare off into the distance in “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”

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.

3/4

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