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.
Proof positive that a little David Bowie makes everything better.
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…
Performances : 7/10
Story : 6.9/10
Production : 8.5/10
Overall : 7.47/10
There's something about The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. It just doesn't hold up compared to Wes Anderson's other works. The performances are all fine, but nothing jumps out. The story is fine, but it has more problems than all of his other works. It's certainly interesting. If I had to pin the issue down, I'd have to say that it's the middle third. The set up is great and the finish is beautiful, but somewhere in between it all gets lost. It drags and it just seems to be confused about where it should be heading.
Don't get me wrong, it's a fantastic film. How could it not be? It's Bill Murray. It's Wes Anderson. It's the Academy Award winning Cate Blanchett! It just doesn't pull me in like The Royal Tenenbaums or Moonrise Kingdom.
The film was unlike anything I had ever seen before!
Bill Murray was both a godsend and a serious detractor! Let me explain why!
When a film is described as a comedy and has Bill Murray in it you tend to have some immediate expectations! I was expecting the typical charming, sweet, sophomoric comedic antics of an old school Bill Murray! That was definitely NOT the case!
I thought this was going to be a lighthearted comedy with a whole slew of hilarious one liners! Again this was definitely NOT the case!
Wes Anderson wasn't interested in creating slapstick comedy! He wanted to create a world of fantasy! I do believe labeling it as a comedy only hurt the film!…
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.
I really liked the Bill Murray/Owen Wilson relationship in this one. Really liked it.
This film doesn't want your sympathy or your tears. The soundtrack will tell you that much. It's only aim is to entertain - and it does a bloody brilliant job. This is one of Anderson's most well-directed films. The script carries a great deal of Baumbach's eccentric wit, but the frequent flashes of unique whimsy has Anderson written all over it. Wonderfully shot, and a brilliant performance from Bill Murray.
Certainly not as funny as Rushmore or what I can remember of The Royal Tenebaums and it doesn't always retain its coherence and it even drags on a bit in places. However, Bill Murray's Steve Zissou is an intriguing character that I found very hard to pin down. I suspect this movie has great rewatchability.
Noooooo I never wanted Wes Anderson's filmography to end.
[2014 Movie challenge: entry #43]
Unlike any other Wes Anderson's movies, I must admit I wasn't that much drawn into the story. The characters were great (Klaus is definitely my favorite) and the performance were quite astonishing (as always) . BUT. The story was just not that amazing, unlike every other movie.
However, this is worth watching to the end for 2 reasons.
1. The last 20 minutes
2. The amazing art work and soundtrack
I'm now done with M. Anderson work, feeling a bit sad. Thank you for the ride!
My favorite still is and always will be the Royal Tenenbaums though.
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou is the only Wes Anderson film that I don't really like all that much. Don't get me wrong, the film is entertaining enough, but something about it just never clicked with me. When his partner is killed by the mysterious and possibly nonexistent Jaguar Shark, Steve Zissou and his Team Zissou crew set off for an expedition to hunt down the creature. Along with his estranged wife, a beautiful journalist and a co-pilot who could possibly be Zissou's son, the crew set off for one wild expedition. I'll get the good things of the film out of the way first. The music is fantastic throughout and definitely one of the strong points. Also, the…
Fluctuates in quality as it goes along, but left a good taste in my mouth. Set design is spectacular, Bill Murray is tremendous. Wes Anderson is 5 for 5 with me so far.
Unusual shit by the truckload. Weird dialogues, often funny and sometimes hard to follow. This is more an atmosphere thing than an actual story, and we depend on the character traits of the many players. For me it did not work very well.
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