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March 03, 2005

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Well i'm not quite sure where to begin with reviewing this film. I went to go and see this last night, and couldn't help but leave the cinema with a big smile on my face.. but.. the funny thing is its pretty hard to explain this film.

The story goes something like this. Steve Zissou is a film maker.. him and his team travel the world in a big boat (called the Bellafonte) looking to make kind of movie documentarys that can only really be described as David Attenborough crossed with Chumley Warner in the way they work. The story goes that one of his close friends and partners in his team is eaten by a mysterious shark so he gets his team together, including his recently arrived son (who, up until this point he wasn't aware he actually had) and they go and hunt this shark down – with various dstractions and story sub-plots along the way.

Thats the best I can do with the description.. I can only really liken this film to the Royal Tennenbaums for the just downright unusual way in which this film works. But like the Tennenbaums, I think you would be really missing out if you didn't try and get to see this film. The whole cast works really really and there are a pretty good share of big names in here (Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Owen Wilson, Angelica Huston, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe). The film is quirky, funny in many places, quite touching but just a nice film to go and see. Its getting average to reasonable reviews all over the place, but I personally thought it was superb :)

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