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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…
Luke Wilson in this film is LITERALLY me.
See the joke is that although I find Luke Wilson's character to be immensely relatable I am not, in a literal sense, him.
Good movie, makes you wanna ditch the mundane suburbs and your affluent household, get in a car with your other 2 disillusioned buddies, rob a bookstore, and meet a nice Spanish maid who will ultimately break your heat.
I like Wesley "Fritz" Anderson.
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…
For all my not-love for Owen Wilson, I must admit that he is quite a nice screenwriter.
This film has its flaws, okay?
Yes, the second half is slow. Yes, the comedy can be off-putting for a first time Wes Anderson viewer. Yes, the plot is indulgent. Yes, it can be insipid. Yes, you can say this about every subsequent Wes Anderson film. No, this isn't a bad film.
It's actually a very competent film, and it is sooo much fun. It's important to know the context surrounding this film to enjoy it as much as I did, though. I am not a sentient Wikipedia page, so I'm going to make you look all of this up on your own. You don't have to, but you will enjoy the ride more if you do.
Briefly -- it's…
I'm finding it difficult to judge if watching Bottle Rocket upon its release back in 1996, with no knowledge of the director and the films he would go on to create, would have led me to enjoying it more or less than I did on this initial watch I undertook tonight. In some ways it benefits from any comparisons as many of the features on show here are still identifiable in the work of Wes Anderson some 20 years later, making them stand out more so than they might have done otherwise, but at the same time it is instantly recognisable as the debut release of a director still finding his feet, and in retrospect…
It's so weird, I love it.
What a good story telling. I loved and still love it. It's so good you can watch it again and again
Years in the making, Bottle Rocket displays Wes Anderson learning his craft that he will soon master with his next feature. There are several shots and stylistic moments that now an audience can recognize as uniquely Anderson, but in 1996 those moments would have been much more difficult to identify. So of course it is a different viewing experience in 2013, and I can only hope I would have enjoyed it then as much as I do now.
Both Luke and Owen Wilson give good performances with Owen delivering a very solid portrayal of an unintelligent dreamer who has watched too many caper films living in a fantasy world. While there are moments where it’s clear these young actors are…
Wes Anderson's debut is also his weakest film. I can't really fault him for that; the style and voice is just not there yet. It doesn't even really feel like a Wes Anderson film. There's a few meticulous closeups, and of course, the two Wilsons starring, but it doesn't have quite the same look. When looking at all his films in retrospect, this one seems like the odd one out. Yes, even FANTASTIC MR. FOX feels more like a Wes Anderson film than this one.
Eh, I guess an apt comparison would be HARD EIGHT; both debut films are just warm-up acts from the respective directors for better things to come. In fact, BOTTLE ROCKET reminds me more of WILD AT HEART than any other film. All in all, I found this to be a meh film, mostly because while I like the Wilsons in supporting roles, I don't really feel they're strong enough to carry the lightweight story.
Everything Wes Anderson directs is pure magic