|The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
||[Dec. 16th, 2004|07:00 am]
|||||MF Doom - Beef Rapp||]|
This was a film so nice, I went to watch it twice.
I was broke, but I found the credit card and went to Pacific Theatres at The Grove to watch The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. The film opened in LA and NY on December 10th, and it opens everywhere on Christmas.
I noticed that the reviews were pretty good. Also, I happen to love Wes Anderson films. So, it was worth a shot.
(Wes Anderson IMDB profile)
(The Life Aquatic Web Home)
The film centers around the an aloof Cousteau-like man named Steve Zissou, played by Bill Murray. Zissou's conflict is showcased in the opening scenes from the most recent documentary. His lifelong partner is eaten by a strange sea creature. Zissou vows to hunt down the thing that ate his friend in order to kill it for revenge.
This film is a Wes Anderson version of Moby Dick, but that's the most remote comparison that I can help to explain. Zissou is very much like Hackman's character in The Royal Tenenbaums, however, Zissou is very much a Quixote and Ahab mix. I caution, however, that the film is nothing like the Melville tale. Wes Anderson's humor shines once again in this film, so you can expect many moments of great chuckles and wonderful laughs.
I enjoyed the many characters, in particular Klaus Daimler, played by Willem Dafoe, and Pelé dos Santos, played by Seu Jorge. All of the subplots help to keep the film interesting, despite the long running time. Pelé's versions of hit rock songs on his acoustic guitar play well among the soundtrack dubs, and Klaus's character . . . what can I say . . . Dafoe's always a good treat.
Props go to the film for using a Devo track for a montage.
Speaking of music . . .
"MM . . Food" is another dub-filled great rhyme and great beat album from MF Doom.
I love his work.
For the Holidays, one could not go wrong by heading out to see The Life Aquatic, followed by a trip to a good music store to grab a copy of "MM . . Food."