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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) Movie Information

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Wes Anderson


Bill Murray
Owen Wilson
Cate Blanchett
Anjelica Huston
Willem Defoe
Jeff Goldblum





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Oceanographer Steve Zissou is after the mythical jaguar shark that killed his long-time partner. Along for the ride is a young man claiming to be his son, a pregnant journalist on assignment, his estranged ex-wife and the most unique crew on the ocean.

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Rod 07/31/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Entertaining enough for some laughs but not so much entertaining for those who don't follow Wes Anderson's films.

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Snoogans 09/10/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Another Anderson picture that I couldn't fully get behind. Even Bill Murray's usual dry persona didn't serve as much humor here. However, I still enjoyed certain moments and the David Bowie soundtrack was pleasant.

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mitchellyoung 05/23/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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With the familiar absurdist eye for awkward comedy, Wes Anderson paints a colorful and exciting journey of an oceanographer and his team as they search for a mythical creature. The film manages to inject some human emotion in amongst the funnier and sillier moments. I love Anderson's skill at finding the moving amid the strange and, especially with this film, I also love his color pallette and choice of shot framing. One of the director's best.

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05/11/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou review

An oceanographer and documentarian Steve Zissou tries to create a 2nd documentary to avenge the death of his friend Esteban du Plantie. A co-pilot named Edward "Ned" Plimpton approaches Steve. Jane Winslett-Richardson (Cate Blanchett) interviews Steve. The plot was not tat interesting and humor albeit dry surprisingly coming from the director. Has some decent lines like "People say a lot of things." - Ned "...try to keep morale high." - Steve. As always, the soundtrack was terrific, direction/camera work sensational and color/cinematography was good. Performances were sincere but lacks the charm to keep it interesting. To many unbelievable sequences uch as the claymation sea animals and Steve scaring the "pirates" away just using a single gun. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou wa...

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02/18/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

An Unfortunately Bad Film

I have become a huge fan of Wes Anderson over the years. 'The Royal Tenenbaums' and 'Moonrise Kingdom' are two of my favorite movies. I also really enjoyed 'Rushmore'. I was excited to view another one of his films. I was severely disappointed by this movie though. I rarely neglect to finish a movie halfway through, but this was one of those films I could just couldn't handle anymore. The movie is forced. I felt like I was watching a 'Royals' spinoff movie. A of the characters were extremely irritating and not creative. While he rides the pony quite well, with this film, Anderson proved to me that he is a one-trick pony. All of his movies follow the same formula, and this one failed to extract the same emotion that his better works were able to. I unfortunately do not suggest this film.

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04/16/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou" by Yojimbo

Bill Murray resurrects Dr. Peter Venkman for this portrait of a self absorbed and incompetent yet likeable scientist as we join him on a subaquatic trip to hunt down the shark that allegedly killed his friend, encountering various misfits and oddballs along the way. And oh so very quirky they are. I must say I really liked some of the visual touches and it made me laugh out loud on several occasions, but throughout the entire film my cynical side kept screaming in my ear "THERE'S NOTHING HERE! IT'S AN EMPTY, PLOTLESS EXERCISE IN QUIRKINESS FOR IT'S OWN SAKE!!!". And I could see it's point. But the fact is, Bill Murray was in his element and it's impossible not to feel it's infectious cheeriness even though Murray was, despite the extremely impressive ensemble cast, the only particularly i...

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