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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,…
"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.
dicks out for jaguar shark
I wonder if it remembers me...
God that line and that scene are great. Wes Anderson knows how to end a film for sure. Sometimes its just one, timely 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…
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…
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 best performance I've ever seen from Bull Murray, and Willem Defoe steals the show despite his limited screen time. It'll probably grow on me, but I had trouble connecting. It's nice to see something so different, though.
In a word: Beautiful.
I want you on team Zissou.
Eres del equipo o jamás podrás ser mi amigo.
July 2016 Scavenger Hunt | Film #21, Task #14
A movie set underwater.
"This is an adventure."
I don't know if it was the plot that didn't grip me as tightly as other Wes Anderson films, or if it was my anxious mind meandering in a million different directions, but I couldn't quite focus on this film. I mean, it has all of the trademark Anderson features that we know and love, but I think for me, something was missing. Now that I'm thinking about it, I guess it's that I didn't relate much to many of the characters. Not that I have to, but I suppose I like that in a movie. I think once my head is in a better place when I rewatch it, that I'll get more out of it.
dicks out for jaguar shark
A purportedly ensemble film that neglects its potentially more interesting side characters. Meanwhile, Murray's Zissou isn't as likeable or interesting to keep the film going on his own. The Wes Anderson whimsy doesn't completely mesh with the paternal drama here either, but there is enough uniqueness and interest to hold you until the end of the film.
14. a film set underwater (ish)
#1 July scavenger hunt
This is my fourth Wes Anderson film, and I finally feel like I got the hype. Thank God for David Bowie, is all I can say, as I was sold from the moment that beautiful tracking shot set to Life on Mars played across the screen and burnt into my eyeballs.
Wes Anderson nails quirky humour (obviously, which is one of the things I recognise in Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel) but the thing that makes The Life Aquatic a great film is the significant emotional journey that holds the whole thing together. Wes Anderson has nailed the whimsical tone in the past but this is, somehow, and…
David Bowie music.
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