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.
  • 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.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: All of the sea creatures are animated in stop-motion, and they are absolutely breathtaking.