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The Life Aquatic doesn’t sink interest

February 26, 2011

By Dillon Sutherland, Staff Writer

"The Life Aquatic is definitely a film worth watching. The story is good and the characters are fantastic.”

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is a comedy released in 2004 about the oceanographer Steve Zissou, played by Bill Murray. The movie follows Zissou, who creates a documentary as he chases down the mythical “jaguar shark” that killed his best friend.  Accompanying him is his son, that he apparently never knew of, Ned Plimpton, portrayed by Owen Wilson.

The film is co-written and directed by Wes Anderson.  He is most known for his films Bottle Rocket and The Royal Tenenbaums, of which the latter won an Oscar.  Anderson is a true master of clever and witty films.  This one in particular is no exception.  The whole story is completely goofy with numerous memorable and outrageous scenarios.

However, the best part is the characters. They are all so diverse and possess odd characteristics that make them immensely fun to watch.  My favorite in the movie was Klaus, played by Willem Dafoe, who is the oddly obsessive German right-hand man of Zissou’s that is jealous of his newly discovered son.  The different characters and their ridiculously absurd personalities make the film.  Murray is also great as the self-centered captain of the ship with nonexistent parenting that is determined on eliminating his target at any cost.

Also, Anderson also does a great job directing the film.  All of the shots used help to develop a sense of how the particular situation would feel, and show emotions of the characters. There are scenes of conversations and disputes within Zissou’s ship where the crew storms throughout the interior of the ship. These are nicely done by Anderson.

The Life Aquatic is definitely a film worth watching. The story is good and the characters are fantastic. Anyone who would like to enjoy a comedy film that isn’t a shameful waste of money like those made now, this is a great find.  I give it an A.

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