The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

Production year: 2004

Comedy R   Running time: 1:58 

IMDB rating:   7.3     Aspect: Wide;  Languages: English;  Subtitles: English, French, Spanish;  Audio: DD 5.1

In The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, director Wes Anderson takes his familiar stable of actors on a field trip to a fantasy aquarium, complete with stop-motion, candy-striped crabs and rainbow seahorses. And though Anderson does expand his horizons in terms of retro-special effects and a whimsical use of color, fans will otherwise find themselves in well-charted waters. As The Life Aquatic opens, Zissou (Bill Murray), a self-involved, Jacques Cousteau-like filmmaker, has just released a documentary depicting the death of his best friend Esteban, who was eaten by some sort of sea creature--possibly a jaguar shark. Zissouís troubles also include his waning popularity with the public, and a nemesis (Jeff Goldblum) who hogs up all the grant money. Hope arrives in the form of Ned Plimpton (Owen Wilson), an amiable Kentuckian who may be Zissouís son. Despite his lack of enthusiasm for fatherhood, Zissou welcomes Ned--and Ned in turn saves Zissouís new documentary (in which he seeks revenge on the jaguar shark) in more ways than one. One of Wes Andersonís greatest achievements as a director to date has been launching the autumnal melancholy phase of Bill Murrayís career, starting with Rushmore in 1998, and Murray delivers a similarly comedic yet low-key performance here. Unfortunately, Zissou is one of the few characters in this ensemble to achieve multi-dimensionality. Even co-star Wilson doesnít get to develop Ned much beyond Noble Southerner, and he ends up seeming more like a prop for illustrating Zissouís emotional development rather than his own man. The Life Aquatic probably wonít be remembered as a great film, but it is still one that no Anderson (or Murray) fan can afford to miss.



Audio commentary
Deleted/extended scenes
Photo gallery
Trailers/TV spots

Special features

Commentary by Wes Anderson and co-writer Noah Baumbach
Ten Deleted Scenes
"Starz on the Set" (Behind-The-Scenes Featurette)
This Is An Adventure, A Documentary Chronicling The Film's Production
Mondo Monda, An Italian Talk Show Featuring An Interview With Anderson And Baumbach
Interview With Composer Mark Mothersbaugh
Singer-Actor Seu Jorge Performing David Bowie Songs In Portuguese
Inter Video Journal By Actor Matthew Gray Gubler
Interviews With The Cast And Crew
A Conversation Between Anderson And His Brother Eric Chase Anderson
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou