For those who are not aware, Captain Jacques Cousteau is well known for many reasons. He is mostly known for his passion and love of the underwater world, but over 25 years, he also wrote books and featured in a smash-hit TV series, reaching hundreds of millions of viewers. At the start of this documentary, we gain a great understanding of the mind of Cousteau. We learn that Cousteau believed that underwater is the most fabulous destination anyone can experience in this world. Miserable when out of the water, Cousteau claimed being underwater was like being introduced to heaven. The beginning of this film also allows us to hear how his true passion for underwater started when he was younger.
While I’m personally not passionate about diving or things underwater, many things in this documentary positively affected me. Firstly, it’s amazing to see such old footage from Cousteau’s past completely restored and cleaned up for feature film. It’s evident that lots of time and effort have gone into the restoration process, delivering an impressive experience to viewers.
Following the life of Cousteau is also interesting. Firstly, his passion for all things underwater is highly infectious. The film reveals several key moments from his life that changed history forever, especially when big improvements to swimming underwater or successfully improving technology. For instance, he invented the camera housing which allowed divers to show the rest of the world the underwater realm. I found the topic relating to the environment and the future of the underwater world also alarming. There are so many reveals throughout the documentary about this man’s life, and all of them are fascinating.
Overall, while I’m personally not a man who adores diving or swimming underwater, this is quite a fascinating documentary. Learning about the legendary Jacques Cousteau is quite an experience and informative. Watching old footage with a stunning restoration is also an experience that I’m confident will please many movie lovers as the film delivers a positive and memorable journey underwater along with a touching finale. Becoming Cousteau (2021) is available in Australian Cinemas from October 22nd.