Wes Anderson: The Life Aquatic


      Hey guys! Today, we have our newest installment in our Wes Anderson discussion series, and today's film subject is The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. This is one of Bill Murray's most well known roles, and it made his character iconic. One of his most recognizable traits in the movie is his red beanie. The costumes, as in most of Wes's films, are one of the things that make the characters memorable. They are always intentional, and in this situation, the red beanie is somewhat of a crown for Zissou. He's the captain of his vessel, and on his mission to eliminate the shark that killed his best comrade, his role only changes in that other roles are added to his title. Possible father to Owen Wilson's character Ned Plimpton being the main one. Emotional situations, such as that, just keep adding on top of the original one of the death of his friend. Cate Blanchett enters as both of their love interests, and then divorce with Anjelica Huston's Eleanor Zissou is apparent throughout the film. His turmoil comes mostly full circle though, with his allowance of letting the shark live. Wes allows Zoller-Seitz to hypothesize that this is symbolic of accepting death, and I'd say that's pretty accurate. Throughout the movie, Zissou is insistent on vengeance, which is usually a sign of not being able to let go of whomever you've already lost. By not killing the shark, he has accepted that death is a part of life and shooting the shark won't change the fact that his friend is no more. Now, he can move on and deal with his issues at hand. His relationship with his ex-wife, his feelings for Jane (Blanchett), and his potential relationship with someone who could be his son. This film is about acceptance and perseverance, and Anderson showcases that beautifully.