Thursday, May 10, 2007
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Art relies in the ability to pay attention to every detail while still keeping the focus on the bigger picture. A great movie is not judge by how big the budget is, or how big the stars are, or how big the hype is. It's the simplest matter and the stuff that moves us inside that can make a little movie good.

Oceanographer and Documentarian Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) lost his best friend, Esteban (Seymour Cassel) who was eaten by a jaguar shark. Not many people believe him that the creature exist, so he embarks in a revenge journey with his crew of Belafonte ship. During his journey, he meets a man who claims to be his son; Ned Plimpton (Owen Wilson) and a pregnant reporter named Jane Winslett (Cate Blanchett). He also has an estranged wife named Eleanor (Anjelica Houston) who used to married his rival, Allistair Hennesey (Jeff Goldblum). Will they find the jaguar shark? Directed by Wes Anderson.

This movie, surprisingly is very quirky and witty. I laughed in many occassion, although the comedy is actually very simple and very subtle, many people kinda missed it. I can straightly say that people will either LOVE the movie (like I do) or HATE it. To me, it doesn't matter because I guess that is the point; to raise up a discussion. Not many people understand art; some people will like it, some people won't. Not many people understand Picasso's painting, or Leonardo Da Vinci's creations, but there are people who appreciates it. To me, this movie is actually a quasy-mockumentary about an adventure of Jacques Cossteau, a famous oceanographer. The CGI and the special effects are very simple, and yet are interesting. The soundtrack is by Seu Jorge as Pele dos Santos, singing David Bowie's songs in Portuguese. Beautiful.

Bill Murray as always given a fantastic performance as Steve Zissou; a sarcastic opportunist and manipulative who often take extreme measures to reach his goals. Anjelica Houston also great playing a cold distant woman who actually very smart and kind inside. Jeff Goldblum sometimes can cracked me as this snobby scientist, and Cate Blanchett oddly delivered a strange Marlyn Monroe-esque accent as this filthy mouth pregnant reporter. Even Owen Wilson surprised me playing this innocent man-child instead the usual goofy person. In the end, I think Wes Anderson delivers an amazing movie. I cried at the end because it touches the emotional side and laughed because it tickled the funny bone. I laughed and cried at the same time watching this movie.
Not recommended for everyone though; I doubt mainstream viewers will even understand the movie. If you like off-beat film, try this one.

Ratings: 7.5/10

Posted at 02:56 am by hanitje

 

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