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.
Not my favorite Wes Anderson yet still completely fantastic.
Arshin if you're reading this I want my Criterion edition of this back you asshat.
Film #4 in My Wes Anderson Series
Wes Anderson's filmography may be the strongest case that can be made for auteur theory. All of his films feature highly neurotic and strange protagonists and treat them with varying levels of acceptance. Each attempts to flesh out the quirks of the cast of characters using a variant of Anderson's signature style. Even his failures (The Grand Budapest Hotel) are not for lack of trying.
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou deals greatly with the difference between reality and fiction. Ambiguity in the film ranges from whether Ned is actually Steve's son to whether Steve's film is a documentary or not. At its funniest, it is self-referential, as when Steve talks about realness…
Beautifully made, typically Wes Anderson, but a thin and difficult plot to follow.
Still unmatched as far as emotional impact for me among Anderson's oeuvre, and it's not even necessarily all that close.
light, but not all laughs - "the life aquatic" led this viewer on somewhat of a cinematic sea voyage. a wholly enjoyable ride with the zissou crew through the ups and downs of coming to terms with the past, dealing with our own inadequacies, and what to make of the new chances we receive.
all backed by a lovely soundtrack by seu jorge!
I LOVE WES ANDERSON!
It's been quite a while since I've seen the Life Aquatic and it's still amazing to me that Wes Anderson was able to get a film this size made. The sets are amazing [especially the life sized Belafonte set] and the subplot of Zissou attempting to secure funding for his next documentary had to mirror Anderson's struggles to fund his own ambitious projects.
- 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: 165/743
- 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…