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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…
I think this is my new favorite movie. I don't see there ever being a day in which I could not enjoy it; when I'm in the mood for laughs, Bottle Rocket smoothers me with laughter; when I'm in an intellectual state of mind, I can analyze Bottle Rocket for the deep character study it is so often forgotten as. I've seen this film over ten times, and it never ceases to amaze me. At this point, I can't go 15 seconds without laughing my ass off. This film is so painfully misunderstood; please, if you think this film is bad, or even just good, give it another try; if a second time doesn't work, a third; please keep watching it until you love it as much as I. It gets better and better with each watch; and this is why I now call it my favorite film.
Today is an important day. Today marks the 20th anniversary of my favorite film. Today means a lot of things, obviously it commemorates 20 years of Wes Anderson movies, also marking the beginning of the Wilson careers. But it also means that for 20 years people have been watching Bottle Rocket, and for 20 years people have misunderstood it. It's rare for a film to completely define someone as a person, but for me it is undoubtedly Bottle Rocket. Bottle Rocket is my all, my everything, I've never felt more alive than with Dignan and the gang. Bottle Rocket is and will always remain my favorite work of art. I only saw it for the first time about 2 years…
That was it: the last Anderson I had yet to see, making it absolutely safe for me to state I’m not a fan. Bottle Rocket is by far the directors tamest piece in terms of aesthetics for which reason it feels even lighter than the rest of his catalogue — so light that it can barely sustain its brief runtime and feels sluggish in comparison to the ‘energetic temperedness’ that stylises other Anderson productions. It just occurred to me how strongly Stephen Dignan, who plays one of the three guys from our leading trio, looks like Jimmy Fallon (for a moment I really thought The Tonight Show’s host had started his entertainment career right here in this flick). In retrospect,…
Bottle Rocket is such a great start for Wes Anderson. This film is his best heist movie until Budapest, and it also features the best Owen Wilson character, even better than elsewhere in Anderson's filmography. Dignan (Owen Wilson) is the firecracker character here, acting like De Niro to Luke Wilson's Keitel--just to compare this to Mean Streets, which seems to be an obvious influence, right?
The film also has a perfect, poignant ending that fits both Wilson characters perfectly.
See it. Scorsese's right--this is a special film.
Hum ok ok.
The first film in Direct's Wes Anderson Series: baldmove.com/category/direct/
An enjoyable first film. It's interesting to see just how much of what has come to be expected from a Wes Anderson film is on full display here. Sure he's gotten more polished and sophisticated in his techniques, but the underlying themes, interests, and obsessions that permeate his whole catalog were there from the beginning.
Charming as ever, Wes Andersen never seems to disappoint. I found his debut to be hilarious and quirky with a surprisingly sweet message about friendship and acceptance.
My 2,300th film. However it could be more or it could less. I may have what is known as CRS disease. Yuh know "Can't Remember Shit".
Must forge on to 2,400... HUZZAH!
Great movie. Really makes me wonder what more Wes Anderson crime thrillers could be or would be like. So... how about it Wes?? Because this one was awesome!
On top of an intricate, intriguing, story line-Wes Anderson films always make me feel like I am playing a little game of Where's Waldo. I am going to start betting on which character will wear the red hat, or be the first to wear it.
I probably won't actually do that...
Great movie none the less.
I love it more than ever.
I've had the Criterion for a year...this is my first time watching this transfer.
Luke Wilson's character has a really amazing, and subtle transition, yet fundamentally stays the same, overly helpful person that he's always been (to a detriment).
Such a great character study.
UPDATED: October 21, 2016
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