Wednesday, November 15, 2006

'The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou'

Do you ever see a movie that you liked so much you wish could live in it? I loved 'The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou' so much that I would like to at least vacation there. Bill Murray plays a dope smoking Jacques Cousteau wannabe, who by any standard is a loser with more flaws than you generally encounter in five or six people, but somehow you like him. There are so many plots and sub plots, themes and quirky little things, it would be easy to miss the point of the film, which is a bunch of plots, subplots themes and quirky little things. As for quirky little things, behold the Crayon Sea Pony. Don't you wish you had a few? Everyone aboard Zissou's ship the Belafonte gets a matching Life Aquatic outfit, complete with Glock pistol and Zissou Aididas'. I love when they cast actors against type, here they have perennial good guy Jeff Goldblum as a bit of a pompous prick, watch him with Cody the three legged dog. Willem Dafoe who often plays the heavy is an emotionally vulnerable Klaus Daimler who whines that Zissou always puts him on the B team and is easily assuaged with some kind words from Zissou.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Another good Goldblum supporting role is in Igby Goes Down...excellent cast dialogue...soundtrack