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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.
"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 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,…
I wonder if it remembers me...
God that line and that scene are great. Wes Anderson knows how to end a film for sure. Sometimes its just one, timely 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…
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 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.
i hope bill murray knows i would totally fight pirates with him.
couldn't hear half of it but the music was very nice
The Life Aquatic is bizarre. By Wes Anderson standards, even. That's far from a bad thing, of course. Wes' films have always been off-kilter. Perhaps though, before Steve Zissou, it was much easier to defend his films against those who would draw the "weird for the sake of being weird, style over substance" card, because weird though they may be, the films were stylistically consistent.
Steve Zissou both excels and suffers from being a change of pace. Wes Anderson, entirely unrestrained, (and also with a new writer), makes his already recognizable defining characteristics almost jarring. It feels different than anything that's come before it. But it's his most inconsistent film.
Anyone who loves Steve Zissou will have no difficult time…
Delicioso ver Anderson ainda formando seu inconfundível estilo. O elenco como sempre é excepcional. Murray faz um protagonista impagável principalmente nas cenas propositalmente fakes, como as de walkie-talkies e os pensamentos em voz alta diante das câmeras. Em um cenário submarino em que tudo é absurdamente falso, a dificuldade de expressar sentimentos genuínos pelos personagens do filme realmente soa denso e o resultado final arranha o tema da incomunicabilidade. Todo destaque para Jeff Goldblum (o "vilão" "meio gay") e Cate Blachett (a super britânica repórter grávida). O duelo com o pai, simbólico e real, presente na narrativa refaz um rito psicanalítico que Anderson faz questão de enovelar ainda mais, ao invés de apontar o seu sentido óbvio, o de confronto…
At first glance, this might be Wes Anderson's most self indulgent and least accessible picture, which it is.
But what I've learned from multiple viewings is that it's actually one of his most tragic stories, featuring no happy endings and really flawed people that are hard to embrace.
I think what ultimately sets this movie back is the fact that he had an almost endless budget (for a Wes Anderson film anyway) and a lot of people not telling him "no."
This is right after his then career high of The Royal Tennenbaums and I understand that every studio wanted a piece of him and he was willing to accept them if they gave him everything he wanted.
If it was leaner, had a smaller budget and more focused, I have no doubt this could've been his most heartbreaking yet whimsical film.
The Life Aquatic is a film believed by some to be a spiritual successor to Anderson's previous Royal Tenenbaums. I didn't find this true to my understanding. The Royal Tenenbaums is a film, like all of Wes', to be masked in artifice and style as substance, a phrase created I believe to combat criticizations of Wes Anderson's style of lavish backgrounds and wardrobe and geometrical sets to match his camera motions. That i'd true for the Tenenbaums but not true for Steve Zissou. Here we have a plot, characters, and a story that couldn't have been written by anyone but Owen and Wes, and yet it seems to be an anomlie. Frequent jabs at gays seem out of place and…
A wonderfully quirky movie. Wes Anderson at his finest.
Willem Defoe is the best
UPDATED: December 4, 2016
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