The Life Aquatic with Steve ZissouMikey 3 comments
If you have ever viewed the trailer for Wes Anderson's latest endeavour, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou you will likely be disappointed when forking out your hard earned clams to see the entire film.
But as with all of Anderson 's films, I do not recommend you see them but at the same time I will not discourage you from doing so.
This isn't to say this is a bad film in any sense of the word; it's just that Anderson has a unique style of independent film making that is unlike anything else on the market. A style that makes it unmistakably Wes Anderson. If you have seen 'Rushmore' or 'The Royal Tenenbaums' then you will know what I am talking about. And if you liked those movies (as I did) then you will not have any qualms with 'The Life Aquatic'. These films, although lacking in any action or belly laughs still somehow manage to keep you drawn until the very end with their quirkiness and interesting characters.
Bill Murray (a regular in previous Anderson films) leads as Steve Zissou, a Jacques Cousteau-esque middle aged Oceanographer and documentary film maker who after 20 years is having difficulty impressing audiences the same way he used to. In Zissou's latest film, his best friend and sidekick of 27 years is eaten alive by a mysterious Jaguar Shark, which despite being completely true leaves audiences thinking it all a bit fake.
Zissou vows revenge on the shark that claimed his friend, and thus sets the plot for his new documentary and consequently the story for this movie.
Tagging along is Ned Plimpton who may or may not be Zissou's illegitimate son, Steve's wife Eleanor (played by Owen Wilson and Anjelica Huston respectively, both of whom appeared in 'Tenenbaums'), and a pregnant reporter (Cate Blanchett) who Zissou's is desperately trying to make a good impression upon to appear more credible in the press.
Willem DaFoe is brilliant despite being outside his comfort zone as the ships first mate Klaus, and Jeff Goldblum makes a few small appearances as Zissou's better dressed and better funded rival Alistair Hennessey.
There are personality clashes, pirates, kidnapping, and a love triangle all mixed in to help what is essentially a thin plot, but engrossing none the less.
Set to the backdrop of gorgeous oceanic pallets and Portuguese interpretations of classic David Bowie songs, The Life Aquatic is typical inoffensive, easy going Wes Anderson quirkiness.