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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) Movie Reviews

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05/11/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou review

An oceanographer and documentarian Steve Zissou tries to create a 2nd documentary to avenge the death of his friend Esteban du Plantie. A co-pilot named Edward "Ned" Plimpton approaches Steve. Jane Winslett-Richardson (Cate Blanchett) interviews Steve. The plot was not tat interesting and humor albeit dry surprisingly coming from the director. Has some decent lines like "People say a lot of things." - Ned "...try to keep morale high." - Steve. As always, the soundtrack was terrific, direction/camera work sensational and color/cinematography was good. Performances were sincere but lacks the charm to keep it interesting. To many unbelievable sequences uch as the claymation sea animals and Steve scaring the "pirates" away just using a single gun. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou wa...

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02/18/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

An Unfortunately Bad Film

I have become a huge fan of Wes Anderson over the years. 'The Royal Tenenbaums' and 'Moonrise Kingdom' are two of my favorite movies. I also really enjoyed 'Rushmore'. I was excited to view another one of his films. I was severely disappointed by this movie though. I rarely neglect to finish a movie halfway through, but this was one of those films I could just couldn't handle anymore. The movie is forced. I felt like I was watching a 'Royals' spinoff movie. A of the characters were extremely irritating and not creative. While he rides the pony quite well, with this film, Anderson proved to me that he is a one-trick pony. All of his movies follow the same formula, and this one failed to extract the same emotion that his better works were able to. I unfortunately do not suggest this film.

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04/16/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou" by Yojimbo

Bill Murray resurrects Dr. Peter Venkman for this portrait of a self absorbed and incompetent yet likeable scientist as we join him on a subaquatic trip to hunt down the shark that allegedly killed his friend, encountering various misfits and oddballs along the way. And oh so very quirky they are. I must say I really liked some of the visual touches and it made me laugh out loud on several occasions, but throughout the entire film my cynical side kept screaming in my ear "THERE'S NOTHING HERE! IT'S AN EMPTY, PLOTLESS EXERCISE IN QUIRKINESS FOR IT'S OWN SAKE!!!". And I could see it's point. But the fact is, Bill Murray was in his element and it's impossible not to feel it's infectious cheeriness even though Murray was, despite the extremely impressive ensemble cast, the only particularly i...

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12/24/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

What a strange film! I like dry humour a lot but this was very, very dry--maybe too dry. I can understand why a lot of people hated this film. Even I scratched my head a couple of times because I didn't know if some scenes were supposed to be funny. I do admit, though, that I thought some scenes were clever and amusing. I especially liked the Filipino pirates and how one of the Caucasian men tried to speak in Tagalog. Half of the things he said, I couldn't make out but I laughed anyway because bad representation is better than no of representation. I thought the potential father-son relationship that Luke Wilson and Bill Murray had was kind of touching in a really awkward way. Cate Blanchett did a really good job, too. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this film nor will I plan on seeing it a...

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08/01/2007 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

A movie for the patient viewer

A movie that is only appreciated through repeated viewings. While my initial impressions may have been very average, my subsequent viewings revealed layers missed the first time though. The humor is similar to other Wes Anderson works, so it takes a few time though to catch all of it. Bill Murray delivers one of his finer performances alongside similar fantastic performances from Angelica Huston and Owen Wilson. The ensemble cast each plays a role in adding something to the film, whether it be the Portuguese renditions of David Bowie classics from Seu Jorge, the bizarre antics of Willem Defoe, or the confused Cate Blanchett. Now having seen the movie upwards of 10 times, it still improves with each viewing, making its mark with me as a classic.

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08/01/2007 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

I'm going to destroy it. Possibly with dynamite.

This was a funny movie that had some very obscure and off-beat humor. I wasn't sure what to expect the first time I saw this movie, and when i first saw the idea for it I thought it would be just too strange because the idea of underwater deep sea exploration didn't hold as much interest, especially since I thought it was going to be too much like a Jacques Cousteau style documentary with forced humor. Then when I saw that it was going to be a similar humor style to the Royal Tennenbaums I realized that this would be more of an unexpected cult hit than anything else. Overall it was a good movie, a lot of funny parts, aside from everyones favorite characters (Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson) I really thought that Willem Defoe was brilliant, the character was so different from anything else I ...

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