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,…
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…
"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…
Needed something to wash Asian School Girls out of my brain, and I recently picked up the Life Aquatic Criterion so I decided to check out the Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach commentary track. This will therefore not be a review of the film itself but rather of the commentary, although since it's my favorite Wes Anderson film I'm sure I'll get around to writing about it eventually.
The commentary track is pretty great overall, although they decided to record it in the cafe where the duo did the majority of the writing for the film and as a result there's a lot of background noise. They stay on topic for the most part and generally discuss their inspiration for…
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.
This movie never fails to impress me.
A fine wine of a film. I remember when I saw this at the cinema a terrifying 10 years ago (gulp!) this had minimal impact on me. As with all Wes Anderson films back then they just passed me by. I found them pleasant but they didn't speak to me. As I get older though, I see more and more in them and this one especially gets better on every rewatch.
Now when the Jaguar shark makes its appearance to the Sigur Rós music a tear comes out.
Though it looks like a Wes Anderson film, it doesn't feel like one
The first time I saw this movie I hated it. But it was one of my friends favorites so I watched it 5 times and every time I watched it I like it more and more. Still not sure why.
Having just watched the Royal Tenenbaums and written a review stating it is my favorite of Anderson's films, I must say just a few hours later I'm moving it to second place. After rewatching the Life Aquatic I've decided it takes the cake. I love every wacky element in the film, from the music to the stop motion sea life. And none of it detracts, for me, from the emotional moments in the film. I completely believe the characters and am emotionally invested in this crazy world which handled by anyone other than Anderson would most certainly sink.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Not one of my favorite Wes Anderson movies, but still one I enjoyed. The beginning seemed to drag on a little too long and was a little hard to follow. Although as the movie went on it did get a lot better. This was only my first time seeing it and to me his movies seem to be better after a second viewing.
With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son.
Oh Wes Anderson, I love you so.
Another masterpiece from Anderson that is so aesthetically satisfying. Great performances all around. I love the interactions between Murray and Goldblum. The set pieces and locations are brilliant.
The soundtrack is amazing, the use of The Zombies 'The Way I Feel Inside' during the funeral scene always brings a tear to my eye.
Beautiful and hilarious.
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
- Grand Illusion
- Seven Samurai
- The Lady Vanishes
- The 400 Blows
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 168/753
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- Speed Racer
- Marie Antoinette
- Spring Breakers
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