Wednesday, August 03, 2005

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) [dir. Wes Anderson]

Swimming with Sharks

Finally getting around to seeing some of the movies that came out while i was locked up for the summer, or otherwise unable to get to. It seems like there's a bundle of them out on DVD already.

The first is The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. This Wes Anderson film is simply, cynically, brilliant. I will be watching it over again, and probably posting more commentary on this post, but i'd have to say that my first reaction is that it's near flawless.

Seu Jorge is a manicly inspired touch, Owen Wilson (who i dislike) is perfect, Jeff Goldblum (who i dislike) is perfect, Cate Blanchett is delicious, and Bill Murray may have reached some pinnacle here. I like Bill Murray (though he's done some awful stuff) and this movie is all about the things i like most about him. If i could own Bill Murray, this is the version i'd want.

While i think my Biospoilers reviews could be adapted to almost anything, this is the way movies ought to be made. If you can't be accurate make it up -- completely. The juicy common names here are perfect, as perhaps only a working taxonomist might recognize, and even the momentary taxon dispute is subtly on target. Had only Jacques himself lived to see this.

Quarrels? None.

I'll be checking out the other DVD goodies also, and reporting back.