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Dreadful movie. A slow moving, self-involved piece of Hollywood narcissism. I wandered off and dusted my living room because the dust on my furniture was more scintillating and humorous than this film.
I can guess, but I'm still not entirely sure what the critics were complaining about. I thought this was a fantastic movie. Dry, hilarious, and, as always, wonderfully shot. One of Bill Murray's best performances. Great character, no matter how annoying.
One of the rare films that is entertaining and fun on the surface, with a whole other facet shrouded in symbolism. Steve Zissou is a great character study (although he's kind of a dick), and the film serves as a tribute to the works of Jacques Cousteau.
Probably the Wes Anderson film I've seen the least, but that doesn't mean it's entirely as bad as the critics penned this one. The Life Aquatic still has plenty of that Wes Anderson quirkiness and vibes to it. This movie is about a crew run by Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) an adventurer that is kind of past his prime. A younger man named Ned Plimpton (Owen Wilson) comes on board with the ideal that he may be Steve's son. Steve see's this as an opportunity to make his newest documentary a bit more interesting and brings Ned along to find a jaguar shark that killed Steve's old partner. The crew is also visited by a journalist named Jane Winslett-Richardson (Cate Blanchett) who see's through Steve's BS and starts to fall in love with Ned. The crew gets into some shenanigans and eventually come across the famed shark. The film also stars Anjelica Huston as Eleanor Zissou who is Steve's estranged wife and Willem Dafoe as Steve's first mate. Overall, the movie is quite funny at times in that kind of Wes Anderson dry humor way. It's very nonchalant and if you're not paying attention you wouldn't catch em. It has a very cool style to it which borders on fantastical at times and I really enjoyed it overall. The film does run a bit too long in my opinion. 15 minutes off of it might have helped with the pacing overall. The film also kind of takes a left turn at one point with the death of a character which i didn't think helped the story. Overall, if you're a fan of Wes Anderson films I would say definitely give this one a look.
My favorite Wes Anderson film. Every character is perfect in their part and deliver excellent performances. the critics got it wrong. In reality as much as I love LOTR this deserved best picture in 2004 and should have swept. Its such a unique film.
I loved the writing of this film, the dialogue is surprisingly original and really carried this movie. Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Jeff Goldblum had interesting characters, and I loved the concept of using stop-motion animation for the sea life. I wish the film didn't stray so far into cynicism, but even still, I enjoyed quirky joylessness of the endeavor.
This movie is a tricky - it's so good but deeply disappointing at the same time. There is so much to to love whether its the charming David Bowie covers or the lovable characters. But the problems start with Ned; he is a bad character, his accent sucks and his ending felt like it was written after the movie's ending to bridge the gap between act 2 and 3 but it just is executed badly that where you see on screen characters sad you just can't feel the same way. A smaller issue is the animated objects/sequences, they just look bad, dated and poorly executed. This is Still Wes Anderson movie which means that this charm deserves a watch.
Why does this film exist? Who thought this was a good idea for a movie? I mean Wes is a fantastic director, so it looks pretty good; I just don't understand how anyone could think this was a good concept.