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Aro Recommended Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The


USA 2004, 118 minutes
Dir. Wes Anderson
Rating: [M]
Genres: Comedy / Black Comedy


Aroview: Another snorkle into the 'Cinema Absurd with Wes Anderson', delivering an intricate comedic conceit woven around a washed-up oceanographer (Murray), modeled on Jacques Cousteau, in queasy midlife crisis mode and seeking the legendary jaguar shark who devoured his partner many years before.

Aboard his vessel 'Belafonte' (complete with sauna and yellow submarine), the woolly-capped, waffling Murray must also contend with a gaggle of eccentric shipmates, including usual suspects like Wilson and Huston, and enganging newcomers to dir. Anderson's universe like Blanchett. Unfolding its whimsy in scubadive slow-motion, this revels in choreographing its gags inside a complex 'cutaway' set of the ship, while a plethora of CGI-ed underwater creatures adds a touch of genuine wonder.

Although Murray provides an always watchable centre to proceedings, this is if anything even more random than its predecessor THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, more comic artifact than comedy. Highly recommended for Anderson fans and the curious alike, but non-fans best not take the dip.

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