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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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Average rating (Very Good). Showing 1-3 of 3 member reviews.
4 stars (Very Good) Very enjoyable, this movie shifts between drama, action and comedy, doing all very well. It's also good to see Murray finally leading an Anderson film. Henry Selick's underwater effects are beautiful. ~dr.strangelove
4 stars (Very Good) Enjoyable film, full of laughs and delightful Anderson details, but the plot is too disjointed for it to live up too earlier Anderson films. ~Wizzums
3 stars (Good Enough) Although the screenplay is uneven it at least is unusual. The art work and set designs are the big plus. ~tubbs
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