January 2, 2005
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.