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The Essentials: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, Oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son.
(R, 118 min.)


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The Essentials: Wes Anderson

Synopsis: Internationally famous oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) and his crew, Team Zissou, set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, elusive, possibly nonexistent Jaguar Shark that killed Zissou’s partner during the documentary filming of their latest adventure. They are joined on their voyage by a young airline copilot (Owen Wilson), a pregnant journalist (Cate Blanchett), and Zissou’s estranged wife (Anjelica Huston). Wes Anderson has assembled an all-star cast that also includes Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Gambon, Noah Taylor, Seu Jorge, and Bud Cort for this wildly original adventure-comedy. [Criterion]

Starring: Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Seu Jorge, Bud Cort
Director: Wes Anderson
Genre(s): Drama, Action, Adventure, Comedy

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"A lovely, slightly wistful, tragicomedy."

— Wendy Ide, Times (UK)

"An often clever film with some genuine laughs and a playful streak."

— Eleanor Ringel Cater, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"An exquisitely evocative movie that elevates rueful melancholia to a superpower."

— Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times

"Only The Beatles' Yellow Submarine equals The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou for brilliant, psychedelic surrealism."

— Stella Papamichael,

"Anderson holds steady to the delicate emotions that run beneath this stormy comedy of betrayal, death and forgiveness."

— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"The Life Aquatic is a movie deeply immersed in movie lore, and the more seasoned the swimmer the richer the experience."

— Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

"The actor's (Murray) quiet, downcast presence modulates the antic busyness that encircles him, and his performance is a triumph of comic minimalism."

— Dana Stevens, The New York Times

"The director magically conjures emotional dividends in the film's invigorating last moments, which wordlessly celebrate an underrated and truly Andersonian virtue: solidarity."

— Jessica Winter, Time Out

"Anderson may be incapable of making a dull film -- he's certainly incapable of making a dull-looking film -- and from its fake-docu introduction to its full-circle conclusion, his movie looks interesting and unique."

— Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger