Unfortunately for me, I chose the superficial option. Eh, we can't always be deep.
Through The Eyes Of Another
My partner, however, was thoroughly entrenched in the emotional depths. After movies, we tend to discuss our viewpoints and he had a lot to offer that I didn't pick up on.
Like how the songs were mostly (if not all) David Bowie adaptations, translated into Portuguese and performed by the same guy you see in the background of most scenes. Or how after they finally saw the shark, there were no surreal (almost cartoony) elements anymore, and the song was in English. We gather that is to subtly reveal that the main character has finally seen the reality of life.
Mostly what I saw was halfway between silly and depressing. Except for one scene in particular.
The moment they see the shark, Steve Zissou has this...moment. I know that moment well, as I have felt it myself and seen it in others many times. Bill Murray does a spectacular job of portraying it, probably because he has experienced it in his real life.
It's the moment when he realized simultaneously his powerlessness against a foe, and also a profound sense of respect for its terrifying grace. Both an admission of defeat and yet also a reawakening to the wonder of life and nature. You don't need to dive to the dark parts of the ocean to have that moment, but I suppose that's where some experience it.
Overall, it's an amazing movie. Most people my age have probably seen it already, but it literally came out the year my daughter was born. Knowing her circle of friends, I doubt many of them have watched anything like it. Perhaps someday they will.
Have you seen The Life Aquatic? What was your favorite part? Did you find meaning in it, or was it just silly entertainment? Let me know below or on Facebook.
See ya next time, Internet Drifters!
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