Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wednesday Movie Night: The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004)

  Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) carries his crew on a new adventure when he becomes determined to find the "jaguar shark" that killed his partner.  All the while he is turning this expedition into his next documentary. Unexpectedly, Zissou, also meets a guy, Ned (Owen Wilson), who claims to be his son.  The cast also includes Cate Blanchett, Angelica Huston, Willem Dafoe, and Jeff Goldblum. 

  This is almost a two movie that consists of anything you would expect from Wes Anderson, which probably makes it enjoyable by some, and hated by others. When you were watching The Royal Tenenbaums you had an appreciation for the quirky editing, but by the time you're watching The Life With Steve Zissou you might feel differently depending on your love of Wes Anderson.

  I would say that the last thirty minutes were brilliant. If there is anything that Anderson is good at it's the way he pairs the music with the scenes in the film. It brings together all the feelings you need to have toward the scenes. Bill Murray also does a really good job at being Steve Zissou. The only thing is Murray doesn't seem very different from other two characters he portrayed in The Royal Tenenbaums, and Rushmore. This isn't terrible since I still do feel for Zissou, but it still felt the same.

  Also, at times it feels like the actors feel they should be acting a certain way just because they are in a Wes Anderson film, most notably Owen Wilson.  Though his character was one of the more interesting ones I couldn't helpt but feel that way at times.

  If you like good music, and you can enjoy the last hour as much I did then you'll find it to be a good movie.  I wish the whole movie would have made me like it as much as the last hour of it did though. I think it could have been a tad shorter since my personal opinion thinks a movie that is edited in this short of way just doesn't carry two hours as well as it would something shorter. The very great news is that this movie is only like $7 at Amazon.

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