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The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

  R HD Closed Captioning

Wes Anderson

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Plot Summary

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 co-pilot, who may or may not be Zissou's son (Owen Wilson), a beautiful journalist (Cate Blanchett) assigned to write a profile of Zissou, and his estranged wife and co-producer, Eleanor (Anjelica Huston). They face overwhelming complications including pirates, kidnapping, and bankruptcy. Oscar(R)-nominated writer-director Wes Anderson (2001 Best Original Screenplay, The Royal Tenenbaums) has assembled an all-star cast that also includes Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Gambon, Noah Taylor, and Bud Cort in this wildly original adventure-comedy.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 199
  • Fresh: 111
  • Rotten: 88
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: If you go with it, you'll love the film. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Mar 17, 2014

Fresh: Like the film's fake fish, The Life Aquatic is endlessly fascinating to watch but, if you look closer, there's not much there. – Christy Lemire, Associated Press, Mar 17, 2014

Rotten: Like the jaguar shark, The Life Aquatic is hard to get a hook into. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, Mar 17, 2014

Rotten: There's nothing wrong with Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou that a digital insertion of Gene Hackman wouldn't solve. – Stephen Hunter, Washington Post, Mar 17, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Underrated by those who would fall to cliche'

Like most of Wes Anderson's films, Life Aquatic is the story of a man in emotional freefall, and his eventual redemption. The fact that it's Bill Murray, and it touches up on the odd world of pseudo-scientific, euro-trash, over-hyphenated, documentaries, is only part of the fun. As always, the middle aged man, is a silly creature that surrounds himself with the accomlishments of his life, and turns them on their heads as he descends into his own abyss. The glorious thing about this movie, is how literal the quest for significance is, and how beautifully subtle and needy Bill Murray is. I own this, feaure on DVD, as well, and I am glad to tote it with me to wherever I may roam so I can share The Zissou with everyone. Do not let your love for Wes' other films, or the stop motion creatures distract you from the joyous journey of Steve Zissou aboard the Belafonte. In the end, we only have each other.

Great Movie, Bad Viewing

I hate to write this, but out of the half dozen movies I bought from the iTunes store this was the only blurry one. The movie is great, and I recommend it, but I feel cheated on the poor, poor video quality. No other movie looks bad on the iPod or on my machine, so I don't know who preps the files but please let the be an exception. As far as the film goes, GREAT, I love it.

Anderson is a genius

Wes Anderson has a gift that is lacking in most of the big filmmakers of today. The performances he captures are outstanding. The humor, intelligent. Everything is perfect. This film, though not his best in my opinion, is my favorite. Those who understand scuba diving/Jaques Costeau and filmmaking will catch some of the little side jokes. This movie isn't for everyone, however. It's no Wedding Crashers or Billy Madison. It's smart and witty. Those who are only a fan of slapstick and lewd jokes will be bored to death.