YMMV / The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: There are those who believe Klaus sabotaged the helicopter to get Ned out of the picture and take his place as Steve's surrogate son. Futhermore, due to Ned's posthumous appearance in the ending credits roll call, some believe that his death was faked by Steve for ratings.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "Search and Destroy".
    • Seu Jorge's Brazilian Portuguese covers of David Bowie.
    • Sigur Ros. Full stop.
  • Playing Against Type: Besides the aforementioned Owen Wilson (whose character even so has a hint of Wilson's usual laid back demeanor), there's Willem Dafoe as Klaus Daimler. Yes, Dafoe has a fair amount of range (he did play Jesus after all) but when you think "Willem Dafoe", do you usually think "chronically insecure guy desperately trying to gain the approval of a father figure only six years older than him"?
  • Tear Jerker: Ned's very sudden death.
    • The scene where they find the Jaguar Shark and Steve decides not to kill it; "I wonder if it remembers me?"
    • It goes into Crowning Moment of Funny territory when he reveals they were out of dynamite.
  • The Red Stapler: The Adidas Rom track shoes made specifically for Team Zissou produced a demand for them in the real world. Although they were never made by Adidas, blogs popped up with directions on how to retrofit a pair and people also started selling them on eBay. Red beanies also became quite popular after the movie was released, with companies selling Ned's traffic light adorned cap.
  • The Cast Showoff: Seu Jorge's David Bowie covers.
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