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,…
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…
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…
"In 10 days I'm going to set out to find the shark that ate my friend and destroy it. Anyone who wants to tag along is more than welcome."
Wes Anderson is one of those few directors whose style and quirky sense of humor is so unique that you could tell what films he's directed only by catching a few seconds of any scene from his movies. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou is perhaps his most divisive film, and I can understand why considering it is heavily stylized (the set pieces in this film are gorgeous), but it isn't really as funny as most of his other films. I stand in the middle with The Life Aquatic, I don't…
Needed something to wash Asian School Girls out of my brain, and I recently picked up the Life Aquatic Criterion so I decided to check out the Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach commentary track. This will therefore not be a review of the film itself but rather of the commentary, although since it's my favorite Wes Anderson film I'm sure I'll get around to writing about it eventually.
The commentary track is pretty great overall, although they decided to record it in the cafe where the duo did the majority of the writing for the film and as a result there's a lot of background noise. They stay on topic for the most part and generally discuss their inspiration for…
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.
Wes Anderson is a champion of style and humor. His work is so rich with texture and humanity. The Life Aquatic gets a little long, and it meanders more than it probably should, but it is still a clever and distinctive take on family.
This is the ‘most Wes Andersonny’ film I am yet to watch. If true the Texan Director has an unmistakable style that have made his films stand out with an almost theatrical like mis-enscene. Most of his films take a complex, misunderstood character, and with a story hope to both explain and heal him but TLASZ works differently. With its meta-film characteristics, the film feels almost as if the story was designed for Steve Zissou and not the other way around. The midlife artistic crisis the character experiences could perhaps be a representation of Anderson himself. Zissou’s boat and actual film crew could be a self representation of himself and perhaps of many other filmmakers as they experience a low…
Looks stunning on BD!
This is the first movie that I sat down and watched twice in a row, I love this movie, It's nuts, it's wild, it's a great movie by Bill Murray. KLAUSY
Upon its release, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou was maligned for having too much of Wes Anderson's quirky aesthetic. People seemed to think that Anderson had become too hung up on his own personal style and had lost the heart that his films had always had.
Personally, I don't think they were looking deep enough. And time has been kind to this film causing it to rank right up there with his greatest achievements.
Certainly that style that Wes Anderson has become known for over the years is here in full force, and probably in more force than any other film he has done before or sense. What's different this time around is that the style isn't played off…
The Life Aquatic is a visual treat, but too timid to continue it's wonderful videos. Where The Life Aquatic succeeds lies between its manic crew and the visual aesthetics, yet never seems to find a balance between the two. What we end up with is an inconsistent, muddled movie with the typical Wes Anderson-driven oddball performances. There are things to enjoy, but they lie far too deep to enjoy consistently.
All of Wes Anderson's movies are, in some way or another, about characters figuring out how to craft the reality around them in order to be seen by others as the people they wish they were. Only THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU, his most-maligned, has its main character admit that he doesn't even know what that is anymore.
Throughout, we wonder what Steve is searching to become. Is he striving to revenge his friend? To reclaim his former glory? To become a (better) father and husband and leader? On its surface, it might seem like there's a lack of focus here, but THE LIFE AQUATIC is sneakier and cleverer than that. We think we know what we're going to…
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- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
- Grand Illusion
- Seven Samurai
- The Lady Vanishes
- The 400 Blows
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 168/753
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Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…