The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

2004

Action / Adventure / Comedy / Drama / Romance

65
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 57% · 227 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 82% · 100K ratings
IMDb Rating 7.2/10 10 212013 212K

Director

Top cast

Owen Wilson as Ned Plimpton
Cate Blanchett as Jane Winslett-Richardson
Anjelica Huston as Eleanor Zissou
Willem Dafoe as Klaus Daimler
720p.BLU 1080p.BLU
752.38 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
R
23.976 fps
1 hr 59 min
Seeds 9
1.85 GB
1920*1080
English 2.0
R
23.976 fps
1 hr 59 min
Seeds 86

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by perica-43151 8 / 10

Quirky but fun

This Wes Anderson movie is very quirky but fans of Wes Anderson will not be disappointed. The movie is part a loving parody of Jacques Cousteau, part character study, with a lot of wit and understated acting. Beautifully shot, it is more complex and straightforward than some other Anderson movies, but still has a mesmerizing effect and grows on you upon repeated viewings. Justifiably a cult classic, it is perhaps not the best of Wes Anderson movies, but it is not the worst either, despite unjustly being panned by critics. If you have a functioning brain, give it a try.

Reviewed by Jeremy_Urquhart 8 / 10

I hope Wes Anderson returns to this style of filmmaking one day

I revisited this about a decade on from when I first watched it. Wes Anderson movies typically feel a little less interesting to me when I revisit them (so he's like the opposite of David Lynch or the Coen Brothers in that regard), so maybe that's why I had reservations about going back to this. But I'm happy to say that The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou worked even more for me a second time, and I think it's right up there as one of Anderson's best.

This might not be a popular opinion, but I feel like he's been pushing it with the artificiality too much in his recent films, to the point where I can't really engage with them emotionally. From a technical perspective, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs, and The French Dispatch are all phenomenally well put together, meticulously crafted, and easy to appreciate when it comes to style/visuals. However, they just don't do it for me when it comes to feeling the film, or engaging with the characters. There's just a little too much detachment and/or too many characters. Maybe the films are too well put together. The human element that's apparent in his older films often feels missing.

With most of his stuff made before 2014, there's obviously that Wes Anderson style, but there's just a little more warmth and humanity. They're the right level of detached, to the point where they're not even really emotionally detached at the end of the day. His earlier films can be tremendously moving, and I think The Life Aquatic is a good example of that; the reality is heightened and the characters a little extreme, but not to the point where you detach emotionally. There's plenty of zaniness and quirky humour (not all of it perfect, but most of it works), but there's a heart to the whole thing, and I feel a similar way about The Royal Tenenbaums and maybe even Rushmore.

Maybe I miss the old Wes - I kind of love the old Wes, and I still appreciate the hell out of the new one, but something's missing. I fear the upcoming Asteroid City will be more new Wes than old Wes; it's like he keeps doubling down on it after it worked admittedly well in Grand Budapest Hotel.

Oh well. At least we'll always have Steve Zissou (the last 10-15 minutes of this also stands as the best sequence in Anderson's career so far, especially due to the perfect use of Sigur Ros).

Reviewed by CubsandCulture 10 / 10

I finally got Wes Anderson's style because of this film

I know this has one of the most mixed receptions for an Anderson film but I think the very qualities that lead to a mixed reception are why I like it so much. This film is Anderson at his most extreme. The deadpan, the whimsey, the manufactured reality, the discordant mise-en-scene are all turned up to 11 in this film. I didn't really appreciate Anderson's style until I saw this film-I use to greatly dislike The Royal Tenenbaums for example. So that's a big reason why I am so fond of it.

On its own terms this is odd film -I imagine many might find it too twee-but it's funny because it is so odd. There's a great silliness to this film that makes it very pleasant to stay with this world. The pathos moments-esp. Ned's fate-really work by being so serious in juxtaposed to the silliness. Mileage will differ on this point-many will find the tone swings grating.

Best of all are the design and color schemes of the film. This has such a soft visual style that is utterly whimsical. A lot of films of the aughts have harsh and overly sharp cinematography. Here the film has a pastel scheme that is both pretty and really works for the tone of the film.

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