Monday, May 16, 2016

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

Director: Wes Anderson

Writers: Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach

Composer: Mark Mothersbaugh

Starring: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Anjelica Huston, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Gambon, Noah Taylor, Bud Cort, Seu Jorge, Robyn Cohen, Waris Ahluwalia, Pawel Wdowczak, Matthew Gray Gubler, Seymour Cassel

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The deeper you go, the weirder life gets

Plot: With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

Geez, I can't believe it's taken me more than a decade to get around to this.  Bill Murray is awesome.  I can't imagine anyone else playing this part.  He's hilarious.  The story has quite a few turns that you don't see coming, and it's hilarious!  The special effects are purposefully corny but they're fun as hell.  As usual with a Wes Anderson the cast is stellar.  Willem Dafoe cracked me up.  The only one I had issue with is Owen Wilson but only with his horrible Southern accent.  It was awful.  I don't know why he didn't speak normally.  Bill Murray brings it (no surprise), though, and in spades.  It's going to be a sad, sad day when he kicks the bucket.  But until then, we've got at least 40 more years of new Billy movies.  The Criterion DVD looks great.  It's loaded with extras. I'd love to get the Blu-ray but fuck is it expensive (still, after all these years)!

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