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THE LIFE AQUATIC (2004) *** ½

Wes Anderson’s fourth film isn’t as good as his previous work (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums), but it’s still enjoyable, quirky and fun. Bill Murray is great as Steve Zissou, a Cousteau-esque oceanographer who’s life is on the skids. After his right hand man and best friend is eaten by a “Jaguar Shark”, he finances an expedition to hunt it down and kill it. He also deals with his estranged wife (Angelica Huston), battles pirates, and connects with a man who may or may not be his son (Owen Wilson). Anderson’s style dominates whatever substance maybe here, but the cast is great and the (fictional) underwater creatures (designed by The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Henry Selick) are pretty nifty. Also starring Willem Dafoe, Cate Blanchett and Michael Gambon.
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