The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou | A-

director: Wes Anderson
starring Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Anjelica Huston, Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum

I’ll admit Wes Anderson’s movies (Rushmore, Royal Tennenbaums) can be an acquired taste, but if you’re a fan of his, you’ll love The Life Aquatic. Bill Murray further validates his status as both comedy genius and consummate actor as the title character; with a great ensemble cast that has become a staple of Anderson’s films. The plot basically centers around a past-his-prime Zissou going on one last expedition to hunt down and kill the shark who ate his mentor. Dry, subtle comedy is the norm here, so don’t see this expecting Jim Carrey-talking-out-of-his-ass comedy.

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