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.
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.
A number of years ago I started watching 'The Life Aquatic' but fell asleep about 40 minutes in. I guess I must have been pretty shattered because this film is Wes Anderson at his most enchanting, rivaling 'The Royal Tenenbaums', which I consider his magnum opus.
What I found most remarkable about 'The Life Aquatic' was that within this meticulously crafted world there was so much realism and such believable characters. Apart from some fanciful scenes, particularly the shoot-outs, that seemed out of place and unrealistic, everything that the characters did seemed utterly believable. Although that may not appear to be impressive itself, the fact that this is doable within such a unique and immensely detailed 'Andersonian' world is really…
This is my second Wes Anderson film, after this years Moonrise Kingdom which I loved to bits. Anderson's style is a little more subdued in The Life Aquatic than in Moonrise Kingdom, but I'd say that this works better for this kind of story. Had the film been as quirky as Moonrise Kingdom, it probably would have come off too much as a joke. Instead, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou toes the line of being funny and quirky without ever crossing it and becoming too ridiculous.
The things I liked most about The Life Aquatic was the cinematography, which somehow made everything even more amusing through the use of an angle or shot,…
I've always liked how Wes Anderson's films have one foot out of reality allowing the viewer to escape into the wonderful worlds he creates. It's been a hell of a long time since I last saw this and and the fond memories soon came flooding back. Here Anderson has not only one foot out of reality, but both, and flung himself into a highly stylised world of wonderful creatures and characters that allow the viewer to remove themselves completely from every day life and soak up this beautifully crafted tale of love, death, betrayal & forgiveness, but all the while with a hell of a lot of heart.
With a huge cast of greats all pulling lovely quirky performances out of…
Probably my least favourite Wes Anderson film at this moment in time, but that's like saying it's my least favourite time of the day to listen to Gay Bar.
It's always a good time to listen to Gay Bar.
This has been a busy week, thus a slow week in reviews and watching in general.
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou is wonderful piece of cinema that brings action, adventure, drama, romance, mockumentary, thrills, and comedy all seamlessly together to make a memorable film from Wes Anderson. Though Moonrise Kingdom and Fantastic Mr. Fox are better films, Life Aquatic stands its own.
It’s such a quirky film, and has all of the trademarks we have come to know of Wes Anderson. But that’s not a complaint. If it weren’t for its quirkiness, I would probably have lost interest, and my likeness towards this film wouldn’t be as strong.
Despite it being a film that goes all over the place…
What a fantastic movie. The plot is too bizarre for mere mortals to understand, and like many of his movie's, Anderson flips around scenes like an ADD child loose in a Candy facttry. And yet, the storytelling is so heartwarming, the little comedy bits are so brilliant, and the characters are all played brilliantly in the greatest oceanic voyage to ever hit the screen.
Whether it be Phillipino Pirates kidnapping the crew, a Shark made of Tiger Skin, or a Contra OPS rescue of a bond stooge using Pistols and dynamite, Life Aquatic is one of the best films I have seen in a long time, if not all time.
Very creatively filmed, the viewer must suffer along w the story's family, Steve Zissou's idiosyncrasies that culminate into a midlife crisis. With yet another stellar cast, The Life Aquatic continues with the dark comedy and creative set designs that Anderson's viewers have grown to love.
"Son of a bitch, I am sick of these dolphins."
i can see why some people hate it but i do think it's a good way to enter wes anderson's oeuvre
I probably would've hated this if I wasn't already a big fan of Fantastic Mr Fox! It has equal share of genius and bizarre moments but something doesn't quite gel with the overall feel.
There's some great characters, especially Willem Dafoe's, and a few surprises but unless you're a Wes Anderson nut you should probably give it a miss
this was a fun one i love the playful idea turn into a great film the cast of course bill one of the best i thought it took the kid in all of us for a ride and then got the action of what a adventure that was this film
I have long awaited the day I would wander across the movie with Bill Murray and Jeff Goldblum, two of my favourite movie people ever, on screen at the same time. Today is that day, and it was worth it.
I quite liked this. I wasn't too engaged with the story until the very end which is really well done but I adored the humour, soundtrack and set design. I particularly liked the scene where we see Ned following Zissou through the entire ship set, it looked amazing and I really gained an appreciation for the work that must have put in.
I fucking loved Bill Murray in this. He's so perfect as this type of character and his deadpan…