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,…
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…
"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.
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…
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.
The more often I see it, the more problems I find. It's earnestness wins me over though. It's just kind of half-baked in every aspect.
"You don't understand. I didn't just like it."
Absolutely loved the soundtrack and memorable costume design.
What can I say? It's classic Wes Anderson, from the visual aesthetic to the dialogue to the music to the camera work. If you like Wes Anderson movies, you'll like this. A highlight for me was Seu Jorge singing David Bowie songs in Portuguese. I've always loved the sound of the Portuguese language.
lovely story about a man and his procreation capacities
My favorite Wes Anderson film, hands down.
> No one can pull off Melancholy like Bill Murray...His partnership with Wes Anderson is one of the most fruitful ones i have come across...He is droll,has a wry sense of humor and always keeps a straight face like Buster Keaton.
> The production design is marvelous
> The soundtrack is rollicking especially the rock numbers.
> Having said that i felt something was amiss, i enjoyed it much less than The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Royal Tenenbaums.
another wes anderson classic.
this cast is very well rounded as well as the story too
with bill murray in the lead role as steve zissou it's hard to go wrong. this film had it's moments of humor and subtly
I loved that film. It was outrageous, and fun, and sweet at times. To me, it's one of Wes Anderson's best films (with The Grand Budapest Hotel). I think he's at his best when he writes completely over-the-top adventure stories.
Film #9 of the "Scavenger Hunt #1" Challenge!
Task #30: If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have 1 film what would it be
As much as I liked Grand Budapest Hotel, Life Aquatic will always be my favorite Wes Anderson film. It was the first one of his movies I saw and it has always stuck with me how unique and funny it was. Bill Murray and Jeff Goldblum are two of my favorite actors so that helps.
The main reason I would want this on a deserted island is because it has maybe my favorite film soundtrack of all time. Seu Jorge doing acoustic covers of David Bowie, some great alt-rock tracks, and some amazing original music.
All star cast, hilarious dialogue, and beautiful to look at. I adore The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 190/768 (25%)…