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3.7
13,162 Ratings

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Directed by Wes Anderson
United States, 2004
Comedy, Drama, Adventure

Synopsis

Renowned oceanographer Steve Zissou has sworn vengeance on the mysterious Jaguar shark that devoured a member of his crew. His regular crew, Team Zissou, is joined by various oddballs as they set sail on the high-seas. Their mission is challenged by pirates and figures from Zissou’s past.

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Directed by Wes Anderson
Like all of Anderson’s best films, it works simultaneously on multiple levels, and derives its sneaky power from the ways in which those levels intersect. Now that a decade has gone by, and Tenenbaums’ fractured family isn’t so fresh in memory, maybe that’ll be clearer.
May 28, 2014
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Anderson is one of the most identifiable auteurs of his generation, but the sharpest point of The Life Aquatic is that singular cinematic visions can only be achieved with the help of dozens of people, and that an artist is ultimately saved from solipsism by obligation to those aides.
May 21, 2014
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Professionally adrift and despondent over his dead mate, Zissou (mid-2000s blank slate du jour Bill Murray) sets his sights on a possibly unrealizable goal and does his best to get fired up about it, but it’s clear his heart isn’t in it. That the film, too, slowly deflates isn’t a misfire—it’s just following suit. This is profoundly depressed cinema, all the more poignant for trying to hide it, which it does perhaps too well.
February 17, 2012
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