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.
While still somewhat rough and more awkward than the best of Wes Anderson, Life Aquatic has many of the pieces in place that made Grand Budapest Hotel so good.
This is a film about an aquatic life documentary maker who is working on a part 2 of a documentary, where in part 1 his best friend is eaten by a giant shark. He seeks revenge and wants to find this unknown shark and kill it. Along the way he meets his son which he didn't know he had, and all kinds of troubles with the ship, the crew and pirates. It's a Wes Anderson film, so it's very artsy and weird at times. But also beautifully filmed and a very funny story.
In Wes Anderson's best film, Bill Murray gets the lead role and doesn't disappoint, giving a genuine performance for a story that is a little bit about all of us.
Bill Murray, su mejor protagónico de los 2,000
La música, pero en específico
Seu Joge cantando Bowie en portugués
El entierro de Ned, con The Zombies y The way I Feel Inside
Cate Blanchet, guapísima
La orca que está bailando mientras entrevistan a Zissou, por Jane
Eleanor diciéndole a Steve como murió uno de sus gatos.
Casi todos los diálogos se puede sacar una quote:
“I'm going to find it and I'm going to destroy it. I don't know how yet. Possibly with dynamite.”
“We've never made great husbands, have we? Of course, I have a good excuse. I'm part gay.”
“Please don't make fun of me. I just wanted to flirt with you.”
Y la forma en…
I just didn't like it... felt it dragged on a bit and wasn't very entertained.
Wes does it again.
Though a little overstuffed and unfocused at times, Zissou is still a really good little film. A witty screenplay, great performances and inspired directing makes a very enjoyable movie. Not Anderson's best, but, it's still for sure worth watching. There were even a few scenes that made my jaw drop because of just how beautiful and heartfelt they were.
"I wonder if it remembers me."
Of all of Wes Anderson's films, The Life Aquatic is the one I find myself having the most problems connecting with. This seems to be a film that really divides Anderson fans, with people either loving or hating it. It has several sequences that truly manage to shine, but on the whole I think it's a daring, off the wall film that just doesn't quite manage to strike its mark. There's a little too much going on, and I think all the fantastical elements ultimately detract from the film's true heart.
- 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: 186/760 (24%)
- 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…