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.
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou is a bizarre, idiosyncratic adventure comedy. The humor has a certain taste and flavor that will not appeal to everyone, perhaps that is the reason this movie isn't as recognized as Wes Anderson would have liked it to be. Speaking of Wes Anderson, he's made some incredibly creative and unique movies. That is something I truly admire, since his movies are life-life fantasy. Obviously, TLAwSZ is no exception. This dramatic comedy isn't Bill Murray's typical movie, nor does it share his traditional style of humor. The Life Aquatic is as mysterious and unique as the animal kingdom deep in ocean's depth, it's difficult for me to find the right words to describe something so…
So far, this is my least favourite Wes Anderson movie. I thought it was...good. That being said, the middle of the film didn't quite do it for me. The film started off well and ended well. A better way to put would be that it began to pick up towards the end. All that aside, the performances are tops. The production is rather elaborate. Of course, it all takes place in a Wes Anderson world. One that no one could even dream of imitating. They could try though. Overall, it's a rather good effort but not his best.
Surprisingly did not feature the same centre cinematography as much as his other films do, but does feature some very nice sets and unique directing at parts. The story on the other hand is weak, and loses it's way half-way through before finally picking itself back up in the last twenty minutes. I was more interested in him finding the shark, which he only started to do in the final quarter.
Offbeat adventure with some interesting characters. Well acted with a bit of comedy + a bit of romance and a lot of love for Steve (Bill Murray).
As a whole, this is one of Anderson's least successful efforts. Yet, I have discovered that I am someone that generally sees all his films as really good, if not particularly great, and this slots in nicely with that established stratum. At heart, this was always going to be a divisive mixed bag, a cult Anderson, and it deserves to be adored by a somewhat exclusive audience. It dives deep into the cinematic world of Anderson, and only the dive-hard fans will fully appreciate all its pleasures. Its for the believers, the loyalists and the Steve-zis.
As implied late in the film, it feels like a 'what I was doing when I was 11 1/2, a great age' type of…
This is my favorite movie.
This film was great for me it had music from the one and only David Bowie and is directed by one of my favorite directors Wes Anderson. I love this film because it's so different and unique.
I watched this on Netflix and on Netflix literally every film has been over rated but Life Aquatic only gets a 2 star even though films like 21 and over gets a 4.5 stars, I mean really?
Gathering tropes and similarities in Wes Anderson films for a tribute video. Anything that occurs in four Wes Anderson films or more qualifies.
Here are the ones I found in this film:
Addressing Audiences, Animation, Beloved Pets, Bill Murray, Binoculars, Dancing, Distinct Costumes, Elevator Scenes, Exercising, Face Punch, Firing Guns Haphazardly, Heists, Hotels/Motels, Magazine/Book Focus, Pools, Recording, Slo-Mo, Smoking, Snapping Fingers, Unusual Transportation. The Wilsons (as actors)
"Oh, no. We forgot Cody. We gotta go back."
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
- Eyes Wide Shut
- Speed Racer
- Marie Antoinette
- Spring Breakers
Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…
- 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: 160/739