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They're not really criminals, but everyone's got to have a dream.
Upon his release from a mental hospital following a nervous breakdown, the directionless Anthony joins his friend Dignan, who seems far less sane than the former. Dignan has hatched a hair-brained scheme for an as-yet-unspecified crime spree that somehow involves his former boss, the (supposedly) legendary Mr. Henry.
The Wilson Brothers star as simpleminded but lovable crooks in Wes Anderson's feature film directorial debut. The Great Escape. The Notebook. The Tim Howard-esque athleticism of Dignan. Toy Soldiers. Pinball Wizard. Social dysfunction. Kid sister. Dignan lies? Bob is the motherfucker. Luke Wilson before those awful cellphone commercials. I'm scared of Bob's brother. World's worst pool boy. Extreme bullying. The ever so fuckable Stacy Sinclair. Gun runnin'. Target practice. Dignan's earmuffs. Tape on your nose makes you look like a badass. Armed robbery. The Lawn Wranglers? Fireworks. Bottle Rocket? 5 Star Hotel. Sexy housekeeper. Anthony's bathrobe. A barbershop without Ice Cube. Spanglish love. Motel fiesta. Bob's accent. Steamy swim. Cock block. Trinket exchange. On the job fucking. Poolhall beatdown. Perfecto…
I think Bottle Rocket has slowly become my favorite Wes Anderson film.
Lots of people say its the least snappy, least quirky, and least "Anderson" film of his bunch. It's really different from all his other films and for that I think that's why it's my favorite. I love his later films, but he did an amazing job here of channeling early Tarantino and his own style of humor. It's a winning combination of humor, botched robberies, crazy characters, and in some ways it's a coming of age story like we are used to seeing. Owen Wilson is a young man with the big dreams and small intuition that every child has. He robs a public library with a Colt…
"I learned more in the 2 months I spent with Mr. Henry and this crew than I learned in 15 years of academic study."
Bottle Rocket was not only the feature film debut for director Wes Anderson, but it was also the debut for Owen and Luke Wilson who both gave inspiring performances. This is where it all started for Wes Anderson and despite not being a box office hit he slowly built a reputation for himself by remaining unique to his quirky sense of humor. Many criticized the fact that these characters didn't seem real, and that is probably true for all of Anderson's film where he focuses on dysfunctional characters with a whimsical sense of humor. Anderson's comedies…
This was a pretty random re-watch for me, but whatever. I really enjoy Bottle Rocket. It has that typical Wes Anderson vibe going for it, which I like in all of his movies. The performances and direction are all great, but the story never fails to keep my engaged for more than 10 minutes at a time! I don't know what it is about this movie, it just can't keep my attention for that long!
That being said though, this is still a very enjoyable movie.
Film #39 in The June Challenge
Probably the best Wes Anderson film I've seen next to Moonrise Kingdom. I love the simplicity of the story and how it focuses on the characters and their relationships. I enjoyed how Wes Anderson' signature stylistic flair would show up in an incomplete form, as if he was constantly experimenting with visual language. I like the characters in the film, and none of them feel unrealistically obnoxious; the three friends feel like incredibly confused and lonely people that are looking for some sense of purpose and keep failing at finding it. Watching their exploits is really enjoyable, and every scene has some type of minimalistic, awkward, or melancholically humourous pay-off.
The film is funny…
There are enough moments in Wes Anderson’s debut film to convince us that he is a talented and imaginative artist who creates his unique world and uses a special and matchless kind of humor to portray somehow lonely and different characters, characters who live and think in their own special way. Bottle Rocket is full of elements that now have become essential parts of a Wes Anderson movie: a bunch of peculiar people who just think about the details and most of the times their obsessive way of thinking becomes their biggest obstacle to success, a queer romantic relationship, his lack of commitment to the central storyline and deliberate focus on small stories and situations, and above…
Watching this for the second time, it struck me that this may be Wes Anderson's best conventional film, with Rushmore&onwards moving away from a focus on story, character development, etc.
I stand by my evaluation that Anderson's first three features are untouchable and that he hasn't reached their peaks since (although Grand Budapest Hotel has forced me to reevaluate). There's a slowness to how Anderson cranks the gears in the film's opening reels, slipping into an affected quirkiness that his films would generally avoid later on (most notably in scenes like Luke Wilson meeting the cute female friend of Future Man, which is directed for maximum "Aww" factor). However, ones it gets going, and the weight of the film is capably picked up by Owen Wilson (in a performance perhaps never matched again), it becomes as wounded, funny, as tightly plotted/constructed (not just on a narrative level, but on a scene to scene basis) as any of Anderson's work.
A genuine film.
One morning, over at Elizabeth's beach house, she asked me if I'd rather go waterskiing or lay out. And I realized that, not only did I not want to answer that question, but I never wanted to answer another watersports question, or see any of these people again for the rest of my life.
All the Wilson boys. Who could ask for anything more?
If independent cinema of the 90s had a recurring theme, it would be the hangout film. While Anderson's feature film debut is far more plot oriented, he takes the time to give his characters breathing room. Like a Jarmusch film, it's the moments in between where the humanity comes out. One part French New Wave update, another part Richard Linklater Americana. It's perhaps the simplest of Wes Anderson films, but he's already pretty good at the start.
Wes Anderson's first feature film is a pleasant and entertaining film that, while quirky, does not let style take over substance and manages to tell an interesting and captivating story quite elegantly. It is very much character-driven, in that we are not interested so much in what happens but in how the characters respond to the plot.
The screenplay might be this film's strongest suit (though it is not lacking in other areas). The characters are written in a way that seems to laugh with them, not at them. Though each character is clearly abnormal in some sense (the formal mental hospital patient least of all, humorously enough), their lines are written in a way that passes them off as…
"They'll never catch me...because I'm fucking innocent."
Completely unlike anything I've ever seen from Wes Anderson, Bottle Rocket is a simple tale of a group of guys who want to experience some real danger! They can't just settle for the ordinary, they have this insatiable lust for adventure. Okay, most of this manifests itself in Dignam (played by Owen Wilson in his feature film debut), an innocent man-child who has all of these dreams for living dangerously. He goes so far as to sketch out a 75-year plan that involves pulling off several heists. His best friend, Anthony (played by Luke Wilson, in his debut as well) is a bit more level-headed but still wants to tag along. What follows…
This is probably the most normal Wes Anderson movie I have seen, perhaps because it was also his first feature film. It is definitely his least quirky movie although you can see glimpses of what is to come with some of the characters here as well as the style of some of the cinematography. The story was fairly simple but still pretty funny and entertaining to watch. It is one of the silliest heist movie I have ever seen and watching how poorly executed the crimes were made for some very funny moments. The cast were all fine but Owen Wilson stole the show with his over the top character who was by far the most enjoyable part of the movie.
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
- Grand Illusion
- Seven Samurai
- The Lady Vanishes
- The 400 Blows
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 152/733