The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

by Wes Anderson (Director)

Other authorsOwen Wilson (Actor), Cate Blanchett (Actor), Willem Dafoe (Actor), Bill Murray (Actor), Anjelica Huston (Actor), Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach (Writer)
DVD, 2011

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Miramax Home Entertainment (2005)


Internationally reknown oceanographer Steve Zissou and his crew - Team Zissou - set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, always elusive, possibly non-existant Jaguar Shark that supposedly killed Zissou's partner during the documentary filming of their latest adventure. On this journey, Steve's crew are joined by a young airline co-pilot, who may or may not be Zissou's son, a beautiful journalist who has been assigned to write a profile of Zissou, and Eleanor, Zissou's estranged wife and co-producer. They face overwhelming complications including pirates, kidnapping, and bankruptcy.

User reviews

LibraryThing member themulhern
A great movie. The characters are honest in a deadpan way that would never occur in real life. This is probably the most essential feature of Wes Anderson films.
LibraryThing member Lucky-Loki
Definitely cosy and frequently quite funny, but feels meandering at times (especially in the first 50 minutes or so) and is definitely lacking the drive of Anderson's later films, which kept the story from properly sucking us in. Uncertain if I'll ever want to rewatch it. I did find myself caring
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unexpectedly much about the central father-son(-ish) relationship, though, which is what maybe edges this up to 3 stars.
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LibraryThing member comfypants
A deep-sea filmmaker hunts a shark that sounds made up.

2.5/4 (Okay)

I last saw it when it first came out, and I really hoped I would like it better this time around, with lowered expectations. It has so many elements that I like - the design, the soundtrack, the cast, the whimsey - but the story and
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characters just don't work.
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