The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is my favorite Wes Anderson film, probably because of the cast, but also the storyline. Wes is known for having a skilled ensemble play in his movies, and this one is no exception. The soundtrack is first rate. “Zissou Society Blue Star Cadets / Ned’s Theme Take 1,” by Mark Mothersbaugh, is today’s choice and is an instrumental. I adore this song and chose the coloring because I think it goes perfectly with it!
The soundtrack to The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou contains a style typical of other Wes Anderson films. Mark Mothersbaugh, a member of Devo, composed the score, as he has for many of Anderson’s other films. The film also features many rock songs from the 1960s-1980s, and several instrumental pieces composed by Sven Libaek for the underwater documentary television series Inner Space. Additionally, the film and soundtrack feature Seu Jorge performing David Bowie songs in Portuguese on the acoustic guitar. Jorge, who also plays the character of Pelé dos Santos, performs some of these cover songs live, in character during the film, mostly with modified lyrics reflecting Jorge’s own experiences working on the film. The ending scene depicting the beauty of the shark features the song “Starálfur” by Sigur Rós (but is not included on the soundtrack.) The Life Aquatic is Anderson’s first film not to feature a Rolling Stones song.
If you want a soundtrack playlist, go here.