Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
The deeper you go, the weirder life gets.
Wes Anderson’s incisive quirky comedy build up stars complex characters like in ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’ with Bill Murray on in the leading role. An ocean adventure documentary film maker Zissou is put in all imaginable life situations and a tough life crisis as he attempts to make a new film about capturing the creature that caused him pain.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is Wes Anderson in a nutshell: strange, funny, bittersweet, droll, adventurous, wonderful and able to perfectly pack a strong emotional punch into an otherwise quirky romp. He creates his own sense of bubbling and irresistible artificiality - this time, essentially playing with toy boats - but in it all injects so much more in the ways of emotion that his playful dioramas unveil humanity, hilarity and that burning and wondrous sensation to cry and laugh all at once.
The story, as straight as it can, follows an oceanographer/adventurer and his crew on what may be a simple revenge mission - kill the shark that ate my friend - or, and most likely is so,…
"In twelve years, he'll be eleven and a half."
To me, this is Wes Anderson's masterpiece,
but not until this viewing did I realize how much I truly adore it.
(what angelic planet did Cate Blanchett come from?)
And yes, this really is an adventure, Mr. Zissou.
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou is a film which takes its time to divulge all of its dimensions. First comes the blunt, black humour which Wes Anderson typically keeps measured. It's a hilarious film which chronicles Steve Zissou's unprecedented adventure which moves between kidnappings, gunfights and deep sea diving escapades with the typical quirkiness and fluidity. Then comes the scope and spirit. It covers such vast ground in its two hours - sailing the high seas with a crew that is as colourful as can be. But after some thought, then the drama begins to manifest. A story of a man traversing a mid-life crisis, a conflicted conscience and a vehement revenge mission. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou…
Sunday Morning Review!
I wonder if it remembers me...
God that line and that scene are great. Wes Anderson is great at leaving the climax of his films to one, powerful sentence. It was the same with the "I've had a rough year, dad." line from Tenenbaums, which never fails to turn my face into the Mississippi River.
I think the reason Life Aquatic failed to bring the waterworks might subconsciously be the films biggest "problem." It really is a plethora of misguided emotions. But with that being said, Life Aquatic has always been a Wes Anderson film that I've had a strange fondness for. I love the concept, I like the cheesy but charming deep sea creature effects, I…
What used to be my least favorite Wes Anderson film (although I still thought it was really good), I now love as much as the rest of his filmography. Kind of wish I hadn't waited so many years to give it a rewatch but maybe seeing it at this point in my life was exactly what I needed. Just wonderful.
Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou is perfect in its own zany, messy, and crazily melancholic way. A deliriously goofy homage to the works of Jacques Cousteau slowly blossoms into a truthful and sincere examination of personal crises and their ramifications on others, all while providing a daring and colorful adventure to delight in. Every frame reveals a new u-turn or side street, yanking the audience around so much it'll give whiplash to any attentive eye.
This is all perfectly welcome of course, as the combination of the amazing cast, vibrant cinematography, ravishing soundtrack, and the constant bursts of emotional honesty and side-aching laughs culminates in Wes Anderson's finest work to date. The film is endlessly quotable, rewatchable, and entertaining in just about every aspect. I'll forever be on Team Zissou.
Oh, and Jeff Goldblum hits a three-legged dog in this masterpiece. Go ahead and label me heartless, but I will never get tired of that moment. NEVER.
It may be my least favorite Wes Anderson movie but it still has some moments that somehow redeem it. The scene with the Filipino pirates was funny because I understand it and they are using it wrong with both the pronunciation and syntax and grammar. Can be seen as a sort of sequel to The Royal Tenenbaums.
Tremendous film. A couple more rewatches and I'll probably be able to justify giving it 5 stars.
This film is an entertaining and very original black comedy surrounded in whimsical surrealism. It is fascinating to watch, especially with the all star cast ensemble with Bill Murray as their captain. There is really no other modern film like this, and unfortunately I feel that all this film is is style. Wes Anderson expertly combines a great cast of characters with his fantastical depiction of ocean wildlife and exploration, however, the very talented cast just sleep walks through this film. Bill Murray is himself, and while just having him on screen makes most people laugh, there really isn't any depth, structure or effort put into this film beyond its atmosphere. It feels like a dream Wes Anderson had while…
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I like that Steve Zissou isn't afraid to kill a man.
And then make and release a movie where he kills some men.
El mundo sería algo muy triste sin ti, Bill Murray.
4th time's the charm
It gets better with each watch
Deadpan's the word here. Anderson's style is always extremely deadpan, but usually it's tempered enough that it's not the main element derived from his films; for whatever reason, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is overwhelmingly deadpan. Maybe it's the casual homophobia. Maybe it's the film's getting together an all-star cast in order for them to be monotonous. Maybe it's because even with a $50 million dollar budget the cheerfully artificial style is in no way compromised. Of course, Allen usually does those things in some way or another, but for whatever reason the main thing I got from them this time was the humor of those things in contrast to specific film itself and cinema and the industry in…
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 196/776 (25%)