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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Bill Murray
Owen Wilson
Cate Blanchett
Anjelica Huston
Willem Dafoe
Jeff Goldblum
Michael Gambon
Directors
Wes Anderson
Screenwriters
Wes Anderson
Noah Baumbach
Running Time
118 minutes

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
Wes Anderson's aesthetically exotic, retro-styled oceanic adventure.


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Plot
Having recently lost his closest friend to the jaws of a strange sea predator, oceanic adventurer-cum-filmmaker Steve Zissou (Murray) sets out to find and kill the beast he's dubbed the "jaguar shark". Along the way, though, he has to deal with a prim Brit journalist (Blanchett), a man claiming to be his son (Wilson), and impending financial ruin.


Verdict
The garish, exotic, retro styling is Anderson at his visual best. In terms of character and sensibility, though, this is sadly Anderson at his worst.


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