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.
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…
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…
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.
This is, so far, my least favorite Wes Anderson movie. It felt so forced. It lacks the spirit his other movies have. It was a chore to get through it to be honest. I’m really disappointed in this one. I love Anderson and I love this cast so this should have been a slam dunk. It just wasn’t. The music though, that was a highlight.
I wrestle with this one more than any of Wes Anderson's other movies. There are scenes and moments that feel exactly as forced and self-conscious as his detractors usually accuse him of being, and I don't find that true with any of his other movies. In particular, the funeral scene near the end has always rubbed me the wrong way - it should be a devastating moment, but the way it's shot and, especially, the Kinks song on the soundtrack have a weird distancing effect that feel totally misjudged. At the same time, it's Anderson's funniest movie, it has three great scenes for every weak one (the "Life on Mars" shot might be my favorite in his filmography), and it's…
I think Roger Ebert summed up my thoughts on The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou incredibly accurately when he said:
"Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" is the damnedest film. I can't recommend it, but I would not for one second discourage you from seeing it."
Like the late great Ebert, I also can't recommend The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, but I also would not discourage anyone from seeing it. Whilst it is the first Wes Anderson film I haven't outright enjoyed, it is every bit as weird and wonderful as one would expect. Anderson has definitely established himself as an auteur with an unmistakable style, and the film is certainly not lacking in twee (I particularly…
This is probably my son Ned.
i'm bill murray
Aunque con su sello , esta es la pelicula mas floja de Wes Anderson en mi opinon , tiene algun momento pero no esta a la altura del resto de su trabajo
As usual Wes Anderson's music choices are so perfect that it makes me angry.
Wes anderson movies tend to annoy me. But i guess bill murray is a miracle worker cuz i really liked this one beginning to end. I mean basically it's your standard sadman of a guy searching for passion in his life with a little revenge twist. I honestly didnt like the big emotional payoff sigur ros and bad CG scene that youre supposed to tear up over at all, but the rest was solid stuff.
This is only the 3rd time I've seen this, but it's one of those treasures that I like more and more with each viewing. The first time in theaters, like a lot of people I was a bit letdown. Still a good movie at the time, but it was no "Rushmore" or "Royal Tenenbaums". The tone seemed too acidic and the content too rough around the edges (for one thing, a certain character's death came jarringly out of nowhere I thought), not as gracefully cohesive as "Tenenbaums", which I guess I was jonesing for more of (it instantly became one of my very favorite movies back in 2001, so naturally I had high hopes for the follow-up).
I was too…
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%)