“With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son.”

  • Expectation: 6/10
  • First View: 6/10
  • Rewatch: 8/10

Steve Zissou, an oceanographer / documentary filmmaker who’s career has been fading, and his last film ending with the death of his closest friend. Zissou decides to lead his crew on one last trip, to find the shark that ate his friend, and kill it. Possibly with Dynamite. Like most Wes Anderson movies, the plot is simple, in it’s own quirky way. Anderson’s strength, besides his unique visual style, is in creating intriguing characters and setting them loose on each other. This fantastic cast plays so well with the material and all give subtle yet impactful performances.

Though this film did extremely poor at the box office, I feel like it’s slowly become a cult classic, and it’s the great acting and writing that’s making it happen. I enjoyed the film the first time i watched it, though not nearly to the degree I do now. Each re-watch, I think I’m around 8 or 9 viewings, brings about new little details and a greater appreciation for this film.

As with all Anderson movies the music of the film is it’s own character, possibly no more so than in The Life Aquatic. From a wonderful score by long time collaborator, and Devo frontman, Mark Mothersbaugh, to amazing covers of Bowie songs by Seu Jorge, the music perfectly plays off the scenes.

Filled with great sets, low key one liners and even some fun background action, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is a great flick that definitely doesn’t get the credit it deserves.

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