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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.
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…
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.
The Life Aquatic tiene sus fallitos, como unos personajes casi nada desarrollados a pesar de su larga duración para ser una de Anderson o un humor más flojo del que nos tiene acostumbrados el bueno de Wes.
Y, sin embargo, es difícil no salir enamorado de esta película. Desde el estilo visual tan característico del director (creo que esta película es la que mejor hace uso de este) hasta una banda sonora brutal con temas de David Bowie en PORTUGUÉS, esta cinta es una delicia si conoces bien el cine del director.
Y claro, Steve Zissou es un personaje tan carismático, tan nostálgico, que es imposible no empatizar con él. Wes Anderson siempre ha trabajado con Murray, pero esta película es su mayor homenaje al actor; y uno que será recordado por siempre.
Nunca pensei que ia ser tão fã de Wes Anderson. O filme é muito bom, bem construido, com um puta elenco. Dramas a parte, o filme é leve e com Bill Murray sendo Bill Murray. Um filme comovente e marcante, com direito a espionagem, sequestros, traição, paixão e amizade. A belíssima trilha sonora com músicas do David Bowie cantadas por Seu Jorge me fizeram curtir mais esse filme.
Após o filme, descobri que o Wes Anderson possui uma loja virtual com produtos oficial, me segurei e mas não comprei o Adidas, a camisa de estagiário e a toca vermelha do Team Zissou... e claro o vinyl (mesmo não tendo vitrola) da trilha sonora.
Filme muito foda que me fez gostar aida mais do The Grand Hotel Budapest.
Somewhat of an acquired taste. Don't think most people will properly appreciate it until they 'get' Wes Anderson. Watch it as your 4th or 5th of his movies. It's great.
Close to an 8, great ost
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou is perhaps the slowest moving Wes Anderson movie I have seen. For the first half, I wasn’t all that impressed. I kinda liked it, but it seemed directionless and shallow. But Life Aquatic’s shallowness is a reflection of its protagonist, and just as the movie keeps digging for more depth, so does Zissou. There is something incredibly touching in the way he desperately searches for something to hold on to in order to make his life more than just a series of deceitful documentaries. Midway in the movie I was hooked, and by the end I was in tears.
I still need to see Bottle Rocket, The Darjeeling Limited, and Fantastic Mr. Fox, but…
this movie gave me clinical depression
I knew as soon as I saw this film the firs time I wanted to watch it again because dammit, I love this film! With this film being my very first Criterion purchase I find it a very worthy purchase. My favorite Wes Anderson film. I can see how some people may dislike this, the humor is extremely dry (ironic for a movie that takes place in water) and deadpan, and it's high-stylization may be a turn off. But by god, this to me is a masterpiece! Wes Anderson is truly a genius and with his swish-pans, dolly shots, set miniatures and animations, and quirky and deadpan humor, he is one of the greatest working directors today. Bill Murray's performance…
The film I watched today was not "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou".
The film I watched was an exercise in how a vision can be destroyed for the sake of making a few extra bucks on cramming in more ads. It was an excercise on the importance of time and quiet moments in film, to truly allow the developments to resonate.
For me it was an excercise in patience, and a lesson.
Taking into consideration the circumstances with which this film was viewed, I will abstain from giving it a definitive score until I can view the film in a way that isn't a mutilated shallow husk of the original film, as intended by the director. Not a shameless moneygrubbing station with no business playing a film of this caliber to begin with.
This is an adventure.
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