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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Can you say SUBTLE!!!!

    This movie is so fantastic, and I laugh harder everytime I see it, it has a great sense of wonder and the jokes are so small and quick you can miss them with a blink. This movie has great fun and sillyness on top with a depth of human emotion underneath that gets me more each time I watch it. For those who gave this movie bad reviews they should stick to steven seigal movies.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    We all live in a Yellow Submarine

    Wes Anderson is an independent American director, noted for his droll dialogue, distinctive visual style, and obsessive attention to detail. His first film, "Bottle Rockets", launched the career of Owen Wilson. His second breakthrough feature, "Rushmore", concerned the battles between a precocious private schoolboy and a steel industrialist played by Bill Murray to win the heart of a pretty kindergarten teacher. The third film, "The Royal Tenenbaums", concerned a dysfunctional New York family - with the mischievious patriarch Royal seeking to overcome his alienation from his talented but wayward childhood. His latest picture, "The Life Acquatic with Steve Zissou", is a loving and irreverent homage to the French oceanographer, Jacques Costeau. "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" concerns the efforts of an oceanographer, Steve Zissou, to hunt down a Jaguar Shark who killed his best friend, a cinematographer. He is assisted in this quest by Team Zissou, a motley crew of misfits, artists, reprobrates, and interns from the University of Northern Alaska. On the way, Steve Zissou meets an American pilot who claims to be his lost son, a pregnant British journalist, his estranged wife, and his professional rival. There are also diversions caused by kidnapping, piracy, and the ensuing threat of bankruptcy. The plot owes much to Hermann Melville's classic Moby Dick - Zissou is a mad Captain Ahab hunting for his own version of the White Whale. There is also the happy-go-lucky spirit of the Beatles classic song, "We All Live in a Yellow Submarine". There is much too like about the film. The ensemble cast features such talents as Mr Ghostbuster Bill Murray, Angelica Huston, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, and Noah Taylor. The boat, "The Belafonte", is depicted with loving care. The ocean has an iridiscent otherworldiness, presented brilliantly with stopgap animation. The music features the work of David Bowie - sung in Portugese - and underwater electronica. The film is a quirky and droll arthouse film. There are some great moments. I particularly liked when Steve Zissou warned the interns from the University of Northern Alaska that they would receive a result of "non-complete", if they mutinied. However, the film never reaches great heights of comedy or tragedy. The director explores themes apparent in past films, such as "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tenenbaums". There are familiar images of errant patriachs, prodigal children, and redemptive quests. The film lacks, though, the heart that made his previous films so loveable. "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" is like a beautiful cabinet of curiosities - full of amazing oddities, but a bit sterile.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Possibly my favorite Wes Anderson film to date

    Ok, so this film got rather mixed critical reviews, and with good reason. The plot seems a bit half-hearted, possibly too contrived for even Wes Anderson. But here's why I love it: the plot that everyone harps on, doesn't matter. It seems relatively consistent to me that Anderson's movies are usually less about WHAT happens and more about HOW it goes down. Basically, if you liked The Darjeeling Limited but skipped this, I'd say go back and take a look. Bill Murray and Anjelica Houston are genius together, both have the right dry wit and deadpan delivery for Anderson's style (why did he keep them apart in The Royal Tennebaums?), and the visuals are incredible. Mise-en-scene is one of Anderson's finest qualities, and this film has it in spades. And, as one would expect, the soundtrack is kooky and fun and dead-on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Could anything get more boring?

    This movie is the perfect movie to rat on, it was so stupid. I don't even know how it ended because I felt that I was wasting my time (and I was about ready to fall asleep). I really respect the actors in it and I hope they got paid a heck of a lot mre than the movie made. But, I'm wondering if Owen Wilson and Bill Murry feel really embarassed because I would.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wes Anderson/Bill Murray score again

    I love the film's quirky humor and Bill Murray is such a gifted comedic actor. Looking forward to their next outing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Oh Gosh...

    Drink a lot of expresso before you watch this one if you want to get through it awake. Course if you do, you could only hope to have to use the bathroom, at least you would get a much needed break. This movie showed great promise in the begining that sadly went no where. It was a good plot with a great cast and good cinematography but it never amounted to anything. I felt haunted by it after the movie ended. Yes it had it's good moments but we saw most on the trailers, and there just were not enough to make this movie worth the time it takes to watch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bill Murray does it again

    I liked this movie. It's a little slow at first but picks up nicely in the last half. Bill Murray fans won't be disappointed. It's a funny, albeit strange movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing... a marvel not to be dismissed by anyone!

    This movie was absolutely under-rated. Critics gave this marvelous movie horrible reviews, and I dont know why. Its cinematography was terrific, and the stop-motion done by Selick was a great addition. I think the critics didnt like it because it didnt live up to the standards of that of a major box-office hit. The soundtrack was dazzling, showing that Wes Anderson is a mad genius, knowing what song will fit the mood of this lachrymose movie. The Bowie songs were great... I even found myself partially dancing in my seat while the end credits rolled. And Seu George did a marvelouse job singing. As for the rating, I absolutely disagree with the MPAA. Yes, it was inapropriate for kids, but for a 13yr old audience, there would have been no problem. I saw no reason why Wes Anderson needed to have Robyn Cohen topless in 2-3 scenes. It would have brought the rating down to a PG-13. Either way, this movie is a true masterpiece. Noah Baumbach and Wes Anderson did a surpreme job writing it, and I give it a 5-star rating. Go rent on May 13 on Criterion DVD and Video. (Yes, Criterion... I belive Criterion made a smart choice choosing this picture for their top-notch DVDs)

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