New York Times - 12/10/2004
"[Mr. Murray's] performance is a triumph of comic minimalism....[He] turns tiny gestures and sly, off-beat line readings into a deadpan tour-de-force, at once utterly ridiculous and curiously touching."
Los Angeles Times - 12/10/2004
"An exquisitely evocative movie that elevates rueful melancholia to a superpower..."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/17/2004
"Many of the atmospheric details are marvelous..."
Rolling Stone - 12/30/2004
"Anderson holds steady to the delicate emotions that run beneath this stormy comedy of betrayal, death and forgiveness....[Wilson gives] a sincerely affecting performance."
Premiere - 02/01/2005
"A movie that's a celebration of both the sea and a certain brand of imaginative exuberance..."
Uncut - 03/01/2005
"THE LIFE AQUATIC is a micschievous and melancholy thing of wonder....It's daring, different and memorable."
Uncut - 01/01/2006 Ranked #12 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "Wes Anderson here creates a totally bonkers but entirely charming comedy..."
Wall Street Journal - 11/13/2009
"Bill Murray plays the Cousteau-like hero, an oceanographer-documentarian who's at once funny, screwy, childish, gallant and rueful, or downright depressed."
In Wes Anderson's THE LIFE AQUATIC, a group of oceanic explorers who call themselves Team Zissou embark on a journey to hunt down the "jaguar shark" that ate one of their crew members (Seymour Cassel). Determined to avenge the death of his dear friend, team leader Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) is melancholic about the journey he's about to make. Meanwhile, financial troubles and nostalgia for his past make Zissou behave like a reckless playboy, an aging softie, and a past-his-prime tyrant. Surrounding Zissou are a hodgepodge of eccentrics--a pregnant journalist doing a magazine feature (Cate Blanchett), an airline pilot from Kentucky who claims he is Zissou's son (Owen Wilson), an emotionally needy European (Willem Dafoe), an acoustic guitarist who sings David Bowie songs in Portuguese (Seu Jorge), Zissou's brilliant wife (Anjelica Houston), and her ex-husband who is Zissou's seafaring nemesis (Jeff Goldblum). Clad in baby-blue polyester uniforms, Addidas sneakers, and red stocking caps, Team Zissou is a sight to see. And as their deep-sea adventure takes them into dangerous waters where they are attacked by pirates and dazzled by CGI fish, the group finds magic both in their bonds to each other and in the colorful world around them.
In keeping with Anderson's unique brand of escapist humor, these caricatured characters are nothing short of fascinating. While their lives are extraordinary, they act bored, dwelling on banalities like hurt feelings, jealousy, and loneliness. The more absurd their stories are, the more believable their quirky personalities become. With plenty of hilarious moments offsetting the film's tongue-in-cheek sentimentalism, THE LIFE AQUATIC is sure to please seasoned Anderson fans and make new ones of the uninitiated.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
Internationally famous oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) and his crew -- Team Zissou -- set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, elusive, possibly nonexistent Jaguar Shark that killed Zissou's partner during the documentary filming of their latest adventure. They are joined on their voyage by a young airline co-pilot, who may or may not be Zissou's son (Owen Wilson), a beautiful journalist (Cate Blanchett) assigned to write a profile of Zissou, and his estranged wife and co-producer, Eleanor (Anjelica Huston). They face overwhelming complications including pirates, kidnapping, and bankruptcy. Oscar(R)-nominated writer-director Wes Anderson (2001 Best Original Screenplay, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS) has assembled an all-star cast that also includes Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Gambon, Noah Taylor, and Bud Cort in this wildly original adventure-comedy.