Popcorn Break

When I get up to get popcorn in the first half hour of a movie, you
know it’s bad. I never do that. The only time I can remember doing it
(before today) was when I saw The Day After Tomorrow. So what film was it that bored me so badly today? It was The Life Aquatic.
A shame. I wanted to like it, but just couldn’t. I liked its
atmosphere, but the film was pretty much all atmosphere, only
atmosphere. Though I did love the last line, “I wonder if he remembers
me.” A suddenly touching moment. But it’s mostly because of Bill
Murray’s delivery, his face full of a long life that has known sadness,
among many other things. But that’s still just part of the atmosphere.
There was nothing to hold on to, no story, no solid land. Even Bill
Murray couldn’t save this boat.

Sorry for the lame sailing metaphors, they just came out.

Now after writing this I sort of feel like it’s wrong, I’ve been too
harsh … I think the film is growing on me even as I type. I think
it’s because there are many tender moments strung throughout the film.
They’re just not strung to anything, really.

5 Responses to “Popcorn Break”

  1. Chuck
    January 3rd, 2005 | 10:58 am

    I was disappointed in Zissou, too, and I *really* wanted to like the film. I thought my boredom with the film might be because I watched the film on a day when I was pretty edgy, so it’s good to know that others had similar reactions.

    Still, there were some cool moments, like the one you describe.

  2. Filmbrain
    January 3rd, 2005 | 1:29 pm

    I’m with you Cynthia (and Chuck). Such great potential, such disastrous results. Anderson’s first mistake was writing with Noah Baumbach, IMO. The film plays like a bunch of individual scenes, rather than a complete film.

  3. cynthia rockwell
    January 3rd, 2005 | 2:21 pm

    yeah it’s sad. great art direction though.

  4. Filmbrain
    January 3rd, 2005 | 3:50 pm

    Indeed. Good music too.

    Hey — what did you make of the “script girl” character? She’s topless for the first half of the film, and then exhibits some of the WORST acting I’ve seen on screen in a long time. Pointless, if you ask me. Or am I missing something?

  5. cynthia rockwell
    January 4th, 2005 | 9:12 am

    i wasn’t sure what to make of her either. at first i thought this is just a bunch of guys who wanted to have a naked girl in the film, and that may not be wrong. but it could be the opposite–no one cares that she’s topless or looks at her in any sexual way, so perhaps it’s something about being one of the crew, male or female, clothed or naked…but i really don’t know.