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,…
"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 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…
If there's one reason why director Wes Anderson is considered the “King of Quirk” it is because he has found the perfect way to balance his style with convincing characters with enough psychological depth, solid plot and interesting themes (although it wouldn't be totally unreasonable to say this balance hasn't always worked, depending on your point of view). Normally when we watch these so-called quirky films it's very tough to create a connection with the characters because most of the time they are obnoxious (usually only defined by one or two irritant quirks) and the direction and style often subjugate the meaning and impact of the story. Yet that doesn't happen in Wes Anderson's films, his characters are actually effortlessly…
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 love this film more and more with each additional viewing!
When this level of talent off and on camera meet, you must stop what you are doing and marvel in what they made, because it might be one of the most beautiful and brilliant movies you've ever seen.
Unfortunately, The Life Aquatic may be the worst of Wes Anderson's films that I've seen so far. The good new is that it's still a really good film. Bill Murray shines as the titular character and all of the supporting cast do a great job with the usual off kilter characters you'd expect in an Anderson film. I particularly liked Willem DeFoe's character who has a great little arc in the way he starts out hating Steve's son and ending up respecting him.
The film is shot well but isn't as full of the usual symmetrically framed shots that have become something of a trademark for the filmaker. Though it is still undeniably his style. I really liked all of…
If I wasn't using my real name for Letterboxd I'd be going by "Team Zissou Intern."
I felt The Life Aquatic is a Wes Anderson film thrown into the washer and all the color has faded away. Only through the actors lines and delivery could I tell this was once a Anderson film. I do love the stop motion animations he used for the film. I also enjoyed the gigantic cross-section ship.
'Oh, Wes Anderson films are all the same'
Yes, you're right. They're all incredible.
"This is an adventure." -Steve Zissou
As with most adventures, I was unprepared for the many places and depths of the ocean that Wes Anderson's adventurous, comedy-drama film The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou would take me, I didn't know what I was going to see, hear, learn. And when I returned, it took me a little while to realize what it was: an adventure.
This film follows eccentric oceanographer Steve Zissou, who embarks on a documented adventure to exact revenge on the mythical jaguar shark that killed his partner. He is accompanied by his crew, which includes a pregnant journalist covering the adventure, his estranged wife, and his probably son.
I have to be honest, when I first watched…
Besides the regular stuff I like in Wes Anderson films like art direction and characters, I really enjoyed the Portuguese covers of Bowie songs throughout.
You gotta love a minimalist phlegmatic approach to dead-pan humor to enjoy it... But it is all in the miniscule details.
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 189/764 (25%)
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).