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.
The kind of film who's flaws make it more endearing.
Not quite as good as the first watch.
Willem Dafoe is still brilliant though.
This film is touching, hilarious, and full of adventure.
The script is very good and quotable.
Reporter: What would be the scientific purpose of killing it [The Jaguar Shark] ?
Steve Zissou: Revenge.
After watching this i start questioning if Wes Anderson dislikes dogs
My favorite Wes Anderson film so far. Bill Murray gives my favorite performance from him and the soundtrack is off the chain. It's such a pleasure to re-watch this one.
Bill Murray is one of my favorite artist and Wes has made me enthusiastic again in the magical process of film making.
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou is like a dream. Dream of a somebody becoming nobody and nobody becoming somebody. I wrote it before that Wes is a great storyteller and now I must say, perhaps, he is a good human being over everything. I think, its not possible to make such heart touching,witty,humorous film without being a good human being. Deep in my heart, I have fallen in love with Wes's world.
i didn't even know that cate blanchett was in this and when she showed up i was like "oh my god! that's cate blanchett!" what a nice surprise
My 13th viewing of this film. It has just about everything I want from a movie. And it heavily rewards repeat viewings. There's something really fun about a team of well-developed characters working together and playing off of each other. The Avengers movies are starting to tap into this. The Fast & Furious movies are grasping for it. This is my favorite "team on a mission" movie.
Wes tackles the nature of loss and the passage of time in a darkly comic (yet deeply heartfelt) way. His most ambitious work perhaps up until Grand Budapest Hotel. Begs repeat viewings.
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%)