An unsung gem within the Anderson corpus, The Life Aquatic focuses on famed oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray)—based on the director’s childhood hero, Jacques Cousteau—and his quixotic quest to exact revenge on the fabled Jaguar Shark that killed his partner. Driven to complete his mission at all costs, Zissou assembles an international crew that includes his estranged wife (Angelica Huston), and a man named Ned (Owen Wilson), who may or may not be his son. More formally experimental than Anderson’s previous works, The Life Aquatic moves swiftly between tones and genres, combining screwball comedy, thrillingly violent action sequences, and genuinely poignant family melodrama. The film also marks the director’s first foray into stop-motion animation, and pairs him with a new writing partner in independent writer-director Noah Baumbach, who brings a droll, literary sensibility to the proceedings. It is Museum Films’ sincere pleasure to present The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou in 35mm.
Director Wes Anderson 2004 USA 119 minutes R (for language, some drug use, violence, and partial nudity) 35mm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sThuSCJItmQ