The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

Director Wes Anderson
Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Cate Blanchette star in this parody of the Jacques-Cousteau movies of the late 60’s and 70’s.   Steve Zissou is a has-been ocean explorer/cinematographer who hopes to have a successful comeback film and avenge his longtime crew member who was eaten (and chewed) by a mysterious new species of shark.  Their funding is shaky, their equipment outdated and failing, the reporter on board is writing a less than complimentary magazine article, and his newly-discovered illegitimate son is the new member of the crew.  Then Pirates hijack the boat. And so on…
The concept is awesome, but the humor is a bit too slow paced and low-key.  I do think highly of Bill Murray, but I have come to the conclusion he is better served as a side dish rather than the main entree.
 
Click on link above to view trailer.
 
 
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