EW Staff
February 05, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
118 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/25/04
performer
Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Bud Cort, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Anjelica Huston, Seu Jorge, Peter Stormare, Owen Wilson, Wallace Wolodarsky
director
Wes Anderson
distributor
Buena Vista Pictures
author
Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach
genre
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a B-

”I’m shooting this action sequence, which is the strangest thing I’ve ever done.” Director Wes Anderson is on the phone from Italy, unwinding with a plate of pasta con carciofi — appropriate, considering he and pal Noah Baumbach (Kicking and Screaming) cooked up the movie over several New York suppers. With his usual quirks (albino dolphins, stop-motion animation), the Rushmore vet’s fourth feature finds Bill Murray as a Jacques Cousteau-like oceanographer on the trail of a mythical beast. (Also on board: Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, and Owen Wilson.) But don’t expect the star to affect a kooky accent. Says Anderson, ”He sounds like Bill Murray.” That’s molto bene with us.

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