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The Life Aquatic [Jan. 3rd, 2005|02:03 am]
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I really didn't enjoy The Life Aquatic, even despite a notable fondness for previous Wes Anderson movies (my favorite being Rushmore). I chuckled a couple of times and appreciated seeing Willem Defoe in a comedy but that aside I was completely bored. I've been looking forward to the film for some time and was disappointed that I just couldn't get into it.

Heather proposed leaving a quarter the way through, but I kept hoping it would pick up. And it did. But not enough to salvage my opinion of the movie.

Tomorrow we're going to watch Bottle Rockets again.
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[User Picture]From: para_frikn_bola
2005-01-03 06:28 pm (UTC)
The Life Aquatic was a complete waste of my time. Not a fan. I, as you, were anticipating this movie for some time. It just didn't do it for me.
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[User Picture]From: karinkarinkarin
2005-01-03 07:01 pm (UTC)
josh and I saw la yesterday. there were elements to it that I enjoyed (and yes, watching willem dafoe run around in the silver spandex suit was hilarious), but overall... eh. I liked the shot that moved through all the rooms of their ship model. without cutting. but that's what sticks out most in my mind.

I still like royal tenenbaums the best out of all the wes anderson movies.
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[User Picture]From: tyrven
2005-01-03 09:58 pm (UTC)
I appreciated that shot visually so it won points for style, but the humor in it wasn't especially funny (I mean, it was dry and non-sequitor but it wasn't entirely clever or unexpected). I think Rushmore is my favorite but I certainly did enjoy The Royal Tenenbaums. I don't remember Bottle Rockets enough so that's why we're going to re-watch it.
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[User Picture]From: karinkarinkarin
2005-01-03 10:19 pm (UTC)
I have a stuffed animal teddy bear named dignan. he makes a really good pillow.
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[User Picture]From: tyrven
2005-01-03 10:26 pm (UTC)
That's sort of sick.
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[User Picture]From: karinkarinkarin
2005-01-04 12:08 am (UTC)
you're sort of sick.

(haha! I did it! my massachusetts friends always use the "you're _____" insult. and I was never able to master it. until now. you are witness to the greatness.)
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[User Picture]From: screed
2005-01-03 09:37 pm (UTC)
agreed. it was bullshit, as if the writing and character development that it needed were replaced with shorthand. murray was phoning it in ala lost in transalation. even the music editing was off, which is jarring for an anderson movie - it's usually so good.

the best thing about it was the set design and the fucking shark.
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[User Picture]From: tyrven
2005-01-03 10:20 pm (UTC)
I definitely enjoyed the set design. And while I did enjoy the shark specifically, one of the worst thing about it was the really obvious computer generated fish they had in a few scenes.
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[User Picture]From: screed
2005-01-03 10:35 pm (UTC)
Oh definitely. My enjoyment of the computer-stop motion fish was limited to the obviously-fake-by-design shark.
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[User Picture]From: darkfairy13
2005-01-03 10:06 pm (UTC)
So I'm not the only one who spaced off. I still liked it for some reason, but then again, I'm not a huge fan of Rushmore.
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[User Picture]From: tyrven
2005-01-03 10:23 pm (UTC)
You know how most of the time when you're at a movie you forget you are in a theatre and when the movie ends there is this coming-down moment where you become aware of the other movie-watchers and phase back into reality? During this movie I was painfully aware of the theatre and environment and other patrons the entire time. I just couldn't lose myself in the film. And I really wanted to because I was tired and had a long week and really wanted to just go out and be entertained. Ah, well.

I was also annoyed, I think, by the five or six commercials they had at the beginning at Loews. I don't watch television so when i see a commercial they really grate on my nerves.
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From: xkissikx
2005-01-04 07:30 pm (UTC)
next time we should walk out and demand a refund for wasted time.

i grew rather irritated, after realizing the boredom i was experiencing, with the crowds laughter. it was like one of those obnoxious laugh tracks. i guess i was painfully aware of our surroundings as well. hopefully we'll have better luck next time.

overall, i haven't been too pleased with the film releases lately. some have been entertaining, but that may be just due to the others having not been. maybe that will change next time.
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[User Picture]From: tyrven
2005-01-04 08:57 pm (UTC)
I generally have a problem requesting my money back if I didn't like a film because it was my decision to go see the film and if I wanted to I could have read reviews. I mean, Loews didn't make the movie. If there is a crying baby or something like that I have no problem asking for my money back, by contrast, because that is something specific to their environment that they ought to mediate.
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