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.
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…
Proof positive that a little David Bowie makes everything better.
"In 10 days I'm going to set out to find the shark that ate my friend and destroy it. Anyone who wants to tag along is more than welcome."
Wes Anderson is one of those few directors whose style and quirky sense of humor is so unique that you could tell what films he's directed only by catching a few seconds of any scene from his movies. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou is perhaps his most divisive film, and I can understand why considering it is heavily stylized (the set pieces in this film are gorgeous), but it isn't really as funny as most of his other films. I stand in the middle with The Life Aquatic, I don't…
Performances : 7/10
Story : 6.9/10
Production : 8.5/10
Overall : 7.47/10
There's something about The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. It just doesn't hold up compared to Wes Anderson's other works. The performances are all fine, but nothing jumps out. The story is fine, but it has more problems than all of his other works. It's certainly interesting. If I had to pin the issue down, I'd have to say that it's the middle third. The set up is great and the finish is beautiful, but somewhere in between it all gets lost. It drags and it just seems to be confused about where it should be heading.
Don't get me wrong, it's a fantastic film. How could it not be? It's Bill Murray. It's Wes Anderson. It's the Academy Award winning Cate Blanchett! It just doesn't pull me in like The Royal Tenenbaums or Moonrise Kingdom.
The film was unlike anything I had ever seen before!
Bill Murray was both a godsend and a serious detractor! Let me explain why!
When a film is described as a comedy and has Bill Murray in it you tend to have some immediate expectations! I was expecting the typical charming, sweet, sophomoric comedic antics of an old school Bill Murray! That was definitely NOT the case!
I thought this was going to be a lighthearted comedy with a whole slew of hilarious one liners! Again this was definitely NOT the case!
Wes Anderson wasn't interested in creating slapstick comedy! He wanted to create a world of fantasy! I do believe labeling it as a comedy only hurt the film!…
A work of genius. This film is all over the place but I love it for that. It's also one of the funniest films I've seen. I've owned this for years and have no idea why it took me so long to watch it. It's also got some perfect David Bowie covers on an acoustic guitar with portuguese singing. Seriously, what's not to love.
Eh. I've seen some of Rushmore, but never the whole film, so this was my first Wes Anderson film, and I can't say I have much interest in seeing more of his work. The film reminded me of Rene Cordonas Santa Claus (1959) a few times, which was strange.
I remember thinking the film looked funny when seeing the trailers back when it came out, but after hearing criticism of Wes Anderson I was prepared to be choked with pretension, but it wasn't as bad as all that. It wasn't good either. Willem Defoe was nice, but Bill Murray was just playing Bill Murray. I never laughed, but some things struck me as humorous, but the kind of humor that…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I see The Life Aquatic as a primarily adventurous film, and on that note I can only call it successful! Wes Anderson brings his typical arsenal of visual treats to the table, ranging from outstanding colors to sharp zooms to Willem Defoe's hat, but who proves to be the real star of the show is the eponymous Bill Murray (isn't it always?). Bill offers the sort of suave and bland awesomeness that is required for all the roles he fills, and he manages to hold this admittedly uneven film together even when it takes a few unfortunate dips.
Yes, Bill Murray is the star of the showing, portraying an apparent father who is desperate to hunt down the shark that…
My rational mind informs me that this movie doesn't work. Yet I hear a subversive whisper: Since it does so many other things, does it have to work, too? Can't it just exist? "Terminal whimsy," I called it on the TV show. Yes, but isn't that better than half-hearted whimsy, or no whimsy at all? 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.
To begin with, it has a passage of eerie beauty, in which the oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) and his shipmates glide in a submarine past an undersea panorama of wondrous and delightful creatures. They are seeking…
Classic Anderson. Slow, calm, yellow.
Definitely not my favorite Wes Anderson movie. I hadn't seen it in years, and thought it might grow on me. Watch Fantastic Mr. Fox or The Grand Budapest Hotel instead!
I watched this film two and a half times in one day.
Charming, but kind of slow.
(This sounds like the description of an ex-boyfriend)
Possibly Bill Murray's greatest role as the Oceanographer Steve Zissou. The fourth movie by Wes Anderson, The story told in as a parody to the French diver Jacques Cousteau. Murray leads a manic crew which Willem Defoe as the easily upset 2nd in command Klaus Daimler. Owen Wilson, another Anderson regular pops up as the is he or isn't son of Zissou and Cate Blanchett as a journalist assigned to report on Zissou's final quest. The movie, my personal Anderson favourite also features the best use of a three legged dog.
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The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.