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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou [DVD]
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
This is an unusual film, but all the better for it. If you have a dry, slightly offbeat sense of humour then this film will be perfect for you. Bill Murray is typically brilliant to watch and the rest of the cast add talent and flair to their roles. Yes it is kooky, and yes it is a little slow at times, but it is original and different and I love it for that alone. Give it a try, you've nothing to lose.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2006
I don't normally review DVDs, but having read the other reviews I feel very strongly that I must stand up for this lovely film. Like Wes Anderson's other masterpiece "The Royal Tennenbaums", this film defies categorisation: if you are looking for a straigtforward action, drama, comedy or romance, you will probably be disappointed, yet this film contains all of those elements and a great deal more, and who wants straightforward anyway? I found the film beautiful, touching, lyrical, astute and very, very funny. If you can appreciate it's unique visual language and subtle humour, you will be richly rewarded.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2007
This is one of those movies, like Lost in Translation or Eternal Sunshine, that you are either going to love or hate. I don't think it will allow a middle ground. As such it's maybe one to rent before you buy.

It's also one of those films that are about nothing and everything all at the same time. So, at once, it's a fable about friendship, the difficulties (and rewards) of marriage, the insidious nature of professional jealousy, the pain and joy of fatherhood. But it's also about pursuing a dream in the face of ridicule. It's about camaraderie, bravery and foolhardiness.

But, arguably, it's also a critique on the sort of men who never grow up and who, metaphorically, will forever yearn to be the omniscient captain of a boat, venturing to sea to hide from their responsibilities and commitments.

And, then again, it's about the hunt for a great big fish.

Strange and beautiful. Frustrating and mystifying. Elegant and elegiac. Surreal and realistic. All of these things and none of them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2006
i absolutely loved it. although i am a massive bill murray fan. still not completely sure wot the point of the film is. murray is excellent, the rest of the cast are great and the music is inspired. give me a red hat and some speedos. watch it. you know you want to.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 25 April 2007
Let's start by saying if you only like Bill Murray in "Ghostbusters" then this probably isn't for you. If you like deadpan dry humour with a truly quirky view of the world then it probably is. This was the first Wes Anderson film I saw and I have since seen "Rushmore" which I also like. This really is something else, however.

From the opening shot of the strange cut open boat you should be prepared for something different. There's plenty here to enjoy. The cast is uniformly good and whilst it's not a laugh out loud kind of movie it does manage to be quite funny at times. Too many good performances here to pick out many but Owen Wilson is effectively dorky and Angelica Houston manages to out-deadpan Bill Murray which is quite a feat. Additionally you also have the wonderful Seu Jorge interpreting Bowie songs in all manner of places. Incidentally, if you buy the 2 disc set and you can watch the full performances of each of the songs too.

I really enjoyed this film and freely admit it includes a good many ingredients I enjoy in a movie - some of which I've listed above - and would recommend it to anyone who likes something a little different. It is a slow paced quietly funny film which demands your patience. An acquired taste, but one well worth acquiring.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2006
This film is fantastic. missed it in the cinema, finally got around to being persuaded to watch it on dvd this evening, and am just about to buy it an hour later. Its just awesome. Very subtle at times, but still really nice audio and visual gags, completely over the top and brilliantly stupid at others. Everyone is perfect in this. no-one completely steals the show, because it seems everyone manages too at different times. perfect silly/feel good/want-to-be-an-old-adventurer-taking-on-the-world inducing stuff. just buy it, watch it, and then find yourself some speedos and a red hat. relax and enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
After seeing Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums, I was looking forward to seeing Wes Anderson's next film, the intriguingly titled `Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou'.

The film follows the ever great Bill Murray as Steve Zissou, sort of a cross between Jacques Cousteau and David Attenborough, as he sets out in his improbable ship with his improbable crew to track down the shark that ate his friend, while funding the trip by making a film about it. He also has to find a way to relate to Ned, who may or may not be his son and unexpectedly turns up.

As usual with an Anderson film it is filled with odd directorial quirkiness, which at times gives it an almost surreal air. Bill Murray and the rest of the talented cast (Jeff Goldblum, Angelica Huston, Willem Dafoe and that old trouper Michael Gambon especially) fit right in with the fell of the film and really deliver in line with the directors vision.

Co-written with Noah Baumbach (never to be forgiven for `Margot at the Wedding') instead of his usual collaborator Owen Wilson, there is a somewhat different feel to this film than to Anderson's previous works. There is an action element, with a sense of real danger for the characters that sits at odds with the surreal and almost sweet nature of much of the rest of the film.

In all 4 stars. There is some great stuff here, especially Bill Murray's portrayal of the an on the edge Zissou, but there are elements of the film that sit uneasily with the rest adn feel out of place. These are so jarring that a star has to be docked.

The Portuguese renderings of classic David Bowie tracks are a real highlight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
After seeing Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums, I was looking forward to seeing Wes Anderson's next film, the intriguingly titled `Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou'.

The film follows the ever great Bill Murray as Steve Zissou, sort of a cross between Jacques Cousteau and David Attenborough, as he sets out in his improbable ship with his improbable crew to track down the shark that ate his friend, while funding the trip by making a film about it. He also has to find a way to relate to Ned, who may or may not be his son and unexpectedly turns up.

As usual with an Anderson film it is filled with odd directorial quirkiness, which at times gives it an almost surreal air. Bill Murray and the rest of the talented cast (Jeff Goldblum, Angelica Huston, Willem Dafoe and that old trouper Michael Gambon especially) fit right in with the fell of the film and really deliver in line with the directors vision.

Co-written with Noah Baumbach (never to be forgiven for `Margot at the Wedding') instead of his usual collaborator Owen Wilson, there is a somewhat different feel to this film than to Anderson's previous works. There is an action element, with a sense of real danger for the characters that sits at odds with the surreal and almost sweet nature of much of the rest of the film.

In all 4 stars. There is some great stuff here, especially Bill Murray's portrayal of the an on the edge Zissou, but there are elements of the film that sit uneasily with the rest adn feel out of place. These are so jarring that a star has to be docked.

The Portuguese renderings of classic David Bowie tracks are a real highlight.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 22 October 2006
This film is most definitely not made for the mainstream, however it has to be ranked as one of the best films of recent years. A strong cast with Wes Anderson at the helm, the pace is somewhat sluggish but this is only beneficial to the quirky and unusual nature of the film. Bill Murray leads his team on the quest to find the Jaguarshark that killed his working partner. Along the way he must come to terms with the arrival of what may possibly be his son (Owen Wilson), derision from a journalist along for the ride and some joyful competitiveness with his rival in both work and love (Jeff Goldblum). The imagery is striking and the narrative is bittersweet and effecting. For those of the necessary disposition this will be one of your collection.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2006
I had to write a review for this film because of the other reviews I've just read. Non of them mention 1 very important aspect of this film.

Yes it's quirky and yes it is very funny, but it is also a very emotive film. I don't cry often, being a big butch man, but this film has made me cry - twice. (The only other film that has succeeded in doing this is the big lebouski, when they scatter Donny's ashes).

So, if you like to laugh and like your films shot with imagination with very real characters, no matter how unbelievable the situations they are placed, then watch this film.
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