Thursday, September 29, 2005

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

Starring: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum

TLAWSZ is a contrived soap opera about a washed-up marine biologist (Steve Zissou, played by Bill Murray) in the Jacques Cousteau mould, looking to revive his career with one last adventure to kill the jaguar shark, which may or may not exist.

Ned Plimpton (Owen Wilson) thinks he may be Steve Zissou's son. Maybe he is, maybe he isn't. To begin with, Steve acceptance of this without any real emotion stretches credulity. Steve renames Ned (demonstrating his arrogance just in case you didn't get it), and appoints him to his crew, and they are joined on their voyage by a reporter, Jane Winslett-Richardson (Cate Blanchett). Steve's wife leaves him for his rival, Hennessey (Jeff Goldblum). Ned finances Steve's adventure. Steve wants Jane, Jane doesn't want Steve, so Jane and Ned jump into bed. They meet pirates. Steve saves them all. Ned dies. Jane cries. They find the jaguar shark. The movie of the last adventure is a hit. Steve Zissou is the world's greatest marine biologist. The End.

Bill Murray and Owen Wilson turn in uncharacteristic insipid, uninspiring performances, clearly banking on their fan base to see them through to success in this movie. Jeff Goldblum is sadly wasted in this movie, playing Jeff Goldblum from any movie, but with greased hair. Jeff Goldblum's best role was in Annie Hall, where he had one dialog, but he delivered it beautifully (but wasn't credited in the end-credits). Cate Blanchett provides the only spark in her brief role in this movie, but it may be because of her accent (I like British accents).

Go watch Pulp Fiction instead.


Blogger Falstaff said...

Haven't seen the movie, but at least some of the soundtrack is brilliant.

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