my favorites that i love primarily because of visuals (colors, symmetry, overall cinematography) regardless of plot, characters and anything else…
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.
"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.
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,…
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…
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…
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.
”I wonder if it remembers me.”
1. To this day, this is my favorite Wes Anderson film, and I’m constantly shocked by its relatively low rating in comparison to his other movies.
2. Wes always puts such intricate details in his sets, his characters, and stories, that watching a film of his is almost like taking a trip into another dimension or a different world in which these characters actually exist. It’s in his script and his emotion that even the most obtuse of characters can become relatable.
3. I think he nailed the perfect blend of fantasy and fiction with reality and emotion with The Life Aquatic.
4. Bill Murray is the perfect Steve Zissou – an arrogant,…
"Don't point that gun at him, he's an unpaid intern."
I'm not the biggest Wes Anderson fan, but this one has actual, funny jokes instead of affectations. Rushmore did, too, I thought...so when he's good he's good I guess.
Wes Anderson fumbles the ball. The film isn't without value and brushes redemption with a decent final act but elsewhere it's too much like someone setting out to make a Wes Anderson film with a bunch of people acting like they're in a Wes Anderson film. Everyone's arch and nudging each other about some huge private joke and it means things like the weird action sequences with a bored-looking Bill Murray shooting people just come across as lazy, like all anyone has to do is turn up and be odd and reap the acclaim.
Steve Zissou is a selfish manipulator, his disconnect for the ones he cares for the most lashes opened wounds. Throughout the entire movie we deal with the agony of Steve as he tries to claim his Holyland. Unfortunately, Steve realizes he had been there the whole time far too late.
No one makes movies like Wes Anderson
Hilarious dialogue and great performances from an ensemble cast makes this my personal favorite Wes Anderson film. Pure genius.
THE LIFE AQUATIC is often viewed as one of Wes Anderson's weaker entries, which is slightly selling it short. It's definitely a more enjoyable outing than BOTTLE ROCKET, and I might even put it on par with MOONRISE KINGDOM. Both are films that have many great things, but fall just slightly short of reaching a cohesive whole.
The film stars Anderson's two favorite reoccurring actors: Bill Murray and Owen Wilson, ironically playing father and son. Steve Zissou (Murray) is an oceanographer who makes undersea documentaries and currently has a vendetta against a jaguar shark. Ned Plimpton (Wilson) steps forward and claims to be Steve's illegitimate son, and is able to finance the expedition. Michael Gambon, Jeff Goldblum, and Anjelica Huston…
A weird movie choice, watching this after my birthday party was over, I'll admit - most of my guests got into it pretty quick, but one of my friends said he "didn't get it" right from the start and proceeded to sleep during the entire thing.
Which I totally get. I wasn't a big fan of Steve Zissou the first time around either. It felt just too much; too strained, too melancholy, too... um... Wes Anderson-y. Now I'm thinking quite the opposite of that. Formally it's unlike most of his work (lots of hand-held camera shots, for exemple), while the narrative is erratic and messy, with a lot of underdeveloped characters. But even with a bunch of flaws, it's still…