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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.
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…
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.
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.
Henry Selick's animation and the songs by David Bowie really bring home the eclectic essence of what it is to be Wes Anderson film.
Steve Zissou might be one of my most favorite characters of all time. He's a Jacques Cousteau-esque, world renowned explorer, adventurer, and now has-been. He is, sort of, an expert on all types of life except of his own. He's pretensions, condescending, apathetic, a showboat and unnecessarily honest as well as surprisingly sincere. He's flawed as shit, yet self-aware which makes him extremely comical.
He surrounds himself with an equally apathetic, indifferent crew who enables his ego and self-created legitimacy. This hilariously unqualified crew drudge on has their attempt to be legitimate comes off extremely childish and embarrassing, to the viewers delight. Since Zissou has given this rat pack of a crew a place in life and a sense of…
this might be my new favorite Anderson film.
My favourite Wes <3.
Fitfully excellent meditation on death and the dual meanings of vanity.
Owen Wilson isn't up for the challenge here, but Willem Defoe is. What's Cate Blanchett doing? It sounds like "an American doing a Brit" accent?
This is probably my favorite Wes Anderson film. What gets me is that it is 100% fueled by emotion. All of the action is driving by the feelings of the characters. And since I can identify with those emotions I am immersed into a world that feels natural and real. I want to be in the crew with Steve Zissou.
it won my heart one portuguese version of david bowie's songs at a time ♥
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