Number 3: “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”

“The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” was the turning point film in my life.  I witnessed it.  Absorbed it.  And will forever love both Wes Anderson and Bill Murray.  Not to mention Klaus played by Willem Dafoe.

This film immediately became my favorite film of all time.  And how could it not?

It stars Bill Murray at the absolute top of his game in his most “Bill Murray-ish” ways.  He’s smoking drinking and just acting like the hilarious self assured and silly twelve year old we’ve come to know and love.

The story is so zany and fun.  It just kills me.  Everytime I watch this film I am absolutely entranced with the colors on screen and the equally colorful characters.

This is an adventure I would LOVE to go on.  Ever since I was young I’ve had a fascination with the sea.  Sure after seeing “Jaws” I was scared shitless of it’s depthless abyss but there was just something so soothing and amazing about the ocean to me.

My dad would take us boating, kitesurfing, sailing, and paddle boarding.  These we’re my favorite moments out on the water and I think that’s one of the main reasons “The Life Aquatic” is my favorite Wes Anderson over “The Royal Tenenbaums” or “Grand Budapest Hotel”.  Those are without question equally brilliant and amazing films but the combination of a colorful story at sea led and prominently featuring a larger than life sea captain, Bill Murray makes this an absolutely irresistible story for myself.

And it’s not even filled with my usual slightly concerning darkness.  I love this movie for what it is, a bouncy bountiful curious and colorful world seen through the eyes of a twelve year old boy.

This movie cracks me up as well.  There are so many little throw away moments that just bring a god damn tear to my eye.  When Ned slaps Klaus on the dock for undercutting him in front of Steve and Klaus says “But you stood up for yourself!”  He was absolutely livid and deeply hurt while responding like an angry and confused twelve year old.  Cuts me up to the core.

I guess one of my main loves of this film is it’s ability to elicit the feeling of being a twelve year old carefree kid and hanging out with your best friends who are also twelve.

They all have guns, blow stuff up for fun and just explore the world around them with such a deep and wonderful curiosity.  “What’s down there and around the corner?  Oh cool!  What would happen if we blew it up with dynamite? Oh cool!  Now let’s go over there!”

It’s just such a wonderful energy that I am consciously trying to bring more of into my life.

I love this movie with all my heart.

When Robin Williams died last year I was positively devastated.  I couldn’t believe someone who brought me so so much joy could have such a tragic and sad ending.  I don’t believe Bill Murray will have a sad ending.  I think he will go out like he lived; fucking awesome!

And if you believe Bill Murray will live forever come on down to the Staged Reading of my Psychedelic Cyberpunk Film Noir screenplay “Mum Knows Best” on Sunday August 9th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Annoyance Theatre & Bar because Bill Murray will be there! (He won’t be there)

Life Aquatic
Whenever I see someone wearing a red hat it makes me smile.