One of the best films that auteur Wes Anderson has assembled so far. What makes Steve Zissou so exciting as a film is it's brave approach to material, or should i say brave and absolutely far out material. Here is a film filled with thousand ideas, some of them work some of them don't.
Most of the time i liked Zissou's playful tone. It never takes itself too seriously and feels free from any possible limitations as a film. For the first time it also felt that Wes Anderson was not trying too much with his dialoque. His style can be seen each and every scene of the film and some of the compostions feel unnecessary visual tricks that just does not serve the story. Still it is a film that is pleasure to watch and listen.
I have noticed that i am not easiest person to make laugh in films but with Zissou there were moments that felt extremely hilarious and brilliant. I even laughed within couple of scenes. Thanks to wonderful chemistry between the fantastic ensemble cast that has names like Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Angelica Huston, Cate Blanchett, Owen Wilson, Michael Gambon and Jeff Goldblum in it. It is one of the most impressive casts that Anderson has brought together so far and some of the vrbal comedy is just genius.
Zissou combines comedy, drama, action, suspense, adventure and music with such an original effect that you have to admire Anderson's capability to hold it all together as well as he does. There are some minor flaws here and the biggest one of them is the film's lenght that is just too long. Zissou is a film that would have needed heavy trimming. Now it is two hours long at it takes it's time to really begin. With more editing it would be something much more coherent than it actually ends up being.
Zissou still stands as one of the best film from Wes Anderson and i can assure you that it is a experience you have never seen before.