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…
"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.
"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…
A dangerously underrated movie.
Weird, Whimsical, Anderson
It's what you expect from a Wes Anderson Film. Absurd humor at the face of melodrama
The Life Aquatic is Wes Anderson in the most lurid form, or perhaps the most self-indulgent. Or perhaps both. Either way, you've got to be a pretty hard core Anderson fan to give in to its overwhelming whimsey. Fortunately, I am one of those said Wes Anderson freaks. And even if I can acknowledge the flaws here, like the very loose structure, the unwieldy nature of its all-over-the-place storyline, the odd ball heart is still in place despite the seemingly intentional artificiality. Plus, you just have to admire it for its sheer originality and uniqueness. And only Bill Murray could have pulled off this potentially unlikable character, instead giving him shades of flawed humanity. It may be the most polarizing thing Wes has ever made, but in its own way it's also a classic.
Bill Murray is my absolute favorite actor ever. I can't find a movie he's in that I don't at least like. Even when he voiced my favorite comic strip character, Garfield, I enjoyed hearing his familiar voice. So picking my favorite Bill Murray film is a very tough thing to do, so I just decided to take the highest ranking one on my list and do a review of it. Actually, it seems fitting I would do a review of The Life Aquatic. Wes Anderson also happens to be one of my favorite directors (no, not just because of his name) and his films are…
I've now seen The Life Aquatic... twice and I enjoyed it both times, but it was so much more interesting this time. I definitely picked out quite a few things that I missed the first time, partially since my girlfriend, Julie, watched it with me this time and she was immediately enamored with it and partially because of how much I enjoyed The Grand Budapest Hotel. I paid much more attention this time and that attention was rewarded greatly. Such a fun movie...
i'm genetically programmed to be attracted to whimsey so despite the bizarre pacing and geriatric start, i liked it. and cate blanchett remains the cutest person on the entire planet. i did rather want to punch steve zissou on the nose, though.
Although good ideas are at play here, the end result is a dull, slow, and self-indulgent work.
Se ha convertido en una de mis favoritas de Wes Anderson. El tono melancólico que envuelve a sus películas se hace más latente aquí, sobre todo en esa escena final, en el que el Starálfur, de Sigur Rós, añade un punto más de emotividad al relato.
hilariously stupid and wonderfully acted and filmed. not to be taken seriously but the humour is outstandin.
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 190/768 (25%)…
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).