March 03, 2005

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Well i'm not quite sure where to begin with reviewing this film. I went to go and see this last night, and couldn't help but leave the cinema with a big smile on my face.. but.. the funny thing is its pretty hard to explain this film.

The story goes something like this. Steve Zissou is a film maker.. him and his team travel the world in a big boat (called the Bellafonte) looking to make kind of movie documentarys that can only really be described as David Attenborough crossed with Chumley Warner in the way they work. The story goes that one of his close friends and partners in his team is eaten by a mysterious shark so he gets his team together, including his recently arrived son (who, up until this point he wasn't aware he actually had) and they go and hunt this shark down – with various dstractions and story sub-plots along the way.

Thats the best I can do with the description.. I can only really liken this film to the Royal Tennenbaums for the just downright unusual way in which this film works. But like the Tennenbaums, I think you would be really missing out if you didn't try and get to see this film. The whole cast works really really and there are a pretty good share of big names in here (Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Owen Wilson, Angelica Huston, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe). The film is quirky, funny in many places, quite touching but just a nice film to go and see. Its getting average to reasonable reviews all over the place, but I personally thought it was superb :)


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  1. and has Sigur Ros on the soundtrack. score. x

    03 Mar 2005, 13:33

  2. James Taylor

    Indeed.. that particular Sigur Ros tune thats used in the film (Staralfur) is very good – and the album its from is well worth checking out :)

    03 Mar 2005, 14:54

  3. Stefanie

    btw, you liken Life Aquatic to the Royal Tenenbaums, because they were by the same director: Wes Anderson. If you liked that, you should check out Rushmore (pre-Royal Tenenbaums), it's really good as well, but a little less of the quirky effect. Although, it's been quite a few years since I've seen it, so maybe I'm not the best person to say. I've also heard Bottle Rocket was good (his first movie), but I haven't seen it. Agreed, Wes Anderson is a great director. If you liked those, you might like Christopher Guest movies as well: Best In Show, A Mighty Wind and Waiting for Guffman. :)

    15 Mar 2005, 03:07

  4. staralfur-one of the best on the album!! although the sven something or other song reminds me of dolphins!! x

    17 Mar 2005, 20:16

  5. James Taylor

    Svefn-g-englar is a wonderful song as well, yeah. I bought the entire Vanilla Sky soundtrack for that one song when I heard it playing in HMV.. though not quite sure why I just didn't buy the Sigur Ros album instead at that point? Doh..

    18 Mar 2005, 09:54

  6. Sam79

    Steve ZIssou rocks!

    04 May 2005, 09:05

  7. Shawn

    What was that song when they see the shark at the end it is very nice. Plz tell me the name!!!!!!!!!!

    15 May 2005, 04:04

  8. James Taylor

    Its the tune that I mentioned in comment #2 – Staralfur by Sigur Ros. Amazon link to the album its on is here:

    link

    :)

    16 May 2005, 08:29

  9. Tyler Tennebaum

    Does anyone one know any movies with the "Wes Anderson" type of feel.
    Like really artistic movies, that still have a good humor?
    Ive seen every wes anderson movie out there, but i want more! I need more in fact!
    But really, anyone know any movies that are good and kind of like his.
    Thanks everyone.

    04 Jul 2006, 07:55

  10. Joey

    Anderson's focus on the redemptive capabilities of the human heart may designate him one of the greatest directors of modern cinema; I find filmmakers like Martin Scorsesse and Copolla do man a severe injustice. And I will be the first to admit that the fact that Wes Anderson's films are just plain COOL.

    The Life Aquatic was no exception – The cinematics were stunning…Soundtrack – impeccable (as is the case with all Anderson films…)

    The point at which Sigur Ros's Starflur serenades us through Zissou's reunion with the Jaguar Shark (the embodiment of all that drives his numbness and cnicism) is nothing less than an Effing tear jerker.

    *Stefnie – you were right in likening Anderson's uber–dry comedic genius to Chris Guests' –

    Anderson has the chops of a first–rate director and the outright style to match –

    two thumbs up

    24 Jul 2006, 22:52

  11. Julia

    what is the david bowie song at the end of the movie when the zissou family is walking down the stairs?
    thanks!
    julia

    25 Nov 2006, 22:59

  12. D-STAR

    the song is “Queen Bitch” from the album Hunky Dory

    29 Jan 2007, 15:36


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