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…
Honestly, this didn't really float my boat. It wasn't a shipwreck, nor a Caribbean luxury cruise. Anderson is too solid to really end up in deep water or make something that could get him Das Boot. It was just SUB-par compared to his other works.
"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…
The Life Aquatic - a strange fish wrapped in an aura of childhood adventure - is set in the zany world of an undersea Jacques Cousteau-like explorer. Steve Zissou is 'the boy who never quite grew up' instead living in a fairly self-centred universe where he crafts documentary films ennobling the spirit of discovery and adventure under the sea. After his best friend is killed by a Jaguar Shark, Zissou takes off in his exploration vessel Belafonte to hunt the mythical beast down, aided by a unique assortment of crewmembers.
In this film, everything's framed, gleaming through Zissou/Anderson's lens of boyhood nostalgia. A perpetual golden light glows over the model-like Belafonte and brightly coloured jellyfish shine like Christmas lights on…
Steve Zissou (Bill Murray), a washed up documentary filmmaker, seeks one last adventure at sea to get revenge on a "jaguar shark" that ate his friend. Assembling a crew including his estranged wife Eleanor (Anjelica Huston), possible adult son Ned (Owen Wilson), sidekick Klaus (Willem Dafoe), and journalist Jane (Cate Blanchett), they set out to sea. This film has some of the best one-liners and eccentric characters of a Wes Anderson film. That most of the film takes place at sea is interesting enough, but Anderson manages to turn Zissou's small boat into a fascinating and complex backdrop. Underneath the surface (literally), the film finds its heart in the yellow submarine in the last 10 or so minutes of runtime.
"In 12 years, he'll be 11 and a half....that's my favourite age."
I felt like watching some silliness and that's why I decided to watch me some Wes Anderson. I do enjoy his style of films. They don't tend to take too much brain power for them to be enjoying, the violence is usually nothing to serious and they always have some sweet quality about them. Life aquatic had all of these qualities and while I didn't enjoy it as much as I did GBH and MK, it was still fun.
This is my shit.
90. Anoche que la estaban pasando dije "un ratito porque me debo dormir" y ps no. Es de esas películas que la tienes que ver completa, sin interrupciones y con tu corazón abierto a este mundo de enormes posibilidades. Y ahora muero de sueño.
Siempre lloro en la parte del Tiburón Jaguar, siempre. DE LEY. Bill Murray es un tipazo y en general toda la película es amor del bueno.
Una vez soñé que me subía al Belafonte y estábamos preparándonos para una expedición en el submarino. Y es de los mejores sueños que he tenido.
Es mi favorita de Anderson. ¿Qué dirá eso de mí?
The last 10-15 minutes really does it for me. It ties the movie up in such a nice way.
So.... one day I might understand this whole "Wes Anderson" thing, but this still won't be it. I do think that Bill Murray in it is strong, and really, the only reason that it's watchable is specifically because of him. I didn't find the film as a whole terribly compelling, interesting, or amusing, so much as dull and slightly pretentious, giving off a vibe of being slightly quirky for the sake of it. It just ends up feeling like a flat film, overall, having all the movements of a film, without seeming to have the heart of one.
i kinda cried a little real good soundtrack my first wes anderson love. very very very good ending. must watch.
Film #4 in my “Weekly Wes on Wednesdays” series
After a third viewing, I hold this in even higher regard. And I really love all of the blue colors in the film. Wes Anderson's approach so many gorgeously different blues throughout the film makes it one of the best looking in his filmography. And it is certainly one of the most ambitious films of his as well. The rest of my thoughts from my previous review still apply, so they are posted below:
"After seeing the film again with a fresh, open mind, I'm on the side that does really like it. I think it might be the most inconsistent of the Wes Anderson filmography, but that doesn't stop it…
- 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: 159/738