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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (M)

‘Son of a bitch, I’m sick of these dolphins.’

The team aboard the majestic research vessel ‘Belafonte’ is fearlessly led by oceanographer and documentarian Steve Zissou (Bill Murray). His latest project is one driven by the scientific purpose of revenge. Zissou is determined to hunt down and destroy the mysterious ‘Jaguar Shark’ that devoured his best friend, Esteban du Plantier. Joining him on the mission is polite Southern gentleman, Ned Plimpton (Owen Wilson) who believes Zissou to be his father, and an intrepid reporter chronicling the voyage, Jane Winslett-Richardson (Cate Blanchett), who is pregnant with her married boss’s child. Love triangles, fistfights, and pirate attacks ensue.

Why should you see this film?

Who could resist those trademark red beanies and the pyjama-style sky-blue crew uniforms? This is the hippest high seas adventure you’ll ever embark upon. Wes Anderson’s style of oddball humour via deadpan delivery is at its best here, and with Murray captaining the ship, you can’t go wrong. The Life Aquatic is also a sweetly sad meditation on mortality, manhood and triviality. The soundtrack, composed by Mark Mothersbaugh (of Devo) is typical of Anderson; a highlight of which are the David Bowie songs played on acoustic guitar and performed in Portuguese by Pelé dos Santos (Seu Jorge), the ship’s safety expert.