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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…
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…
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.
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…
"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.
Didn't enjoy this movie much, but an average movie by a brilliant director is anytime a better watch than a film by an average/poor director.
I didn't like the movie. A recent Indian film 'Fukrey' had 3 idiots as protagonists. I like the concept as it shows how screwed up society is. However, I need a better movie out of this basic plotline.
Grand Budapest Hotel> The Royal Tenenbaums> Moonrise Kingdom> The Darjeeling Limited> Rushmore> The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou> Fantastic Mr. Fox>>>>>>>>>>>> Bottle Rocket.
"Tell Anthony I love him."
Film #1 in my “Weekly Wes on Wednesdays” series
I happened to love this short, odd little film. It's not too "Wes-Anderson-ish" to be really far out there, but it's still quirky enough to be different and amusing. All of the charm and detail that we love in Wes' films is present in Bottle Rocket, but in a very minimal way. And I'm really surprised that this was the first role ever for the Wilson brothers. They do a great job and really pull off the story. They are absolutely perfect at portraying the youthful innocence for the film, especially Owen as Dignan.
Never fully loved this movie as much as I do now.
Blu-Ray / The Roxy Theater / Missoula, MT / *Part of Wes Anderson Retrospective*/ *3rd or 4th viewing?
For whatever reason, though I'm a huge fan of Wes Anderson, I've never gotten around to seeing Bottle Rocket, so I was very happy to see it coming to Alamo.
Immediately this felt and looked like an Anderson movies and I right away felt at home. The characters were fantastic, the locations and look of the movie, the interplay between everyone - I just really loved it.
It's not The Royal Tennenbaums or Darjeeling Express, but it's still a great movie and it does my state proud.
- 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
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- Seven Samurai
- The Lady Vanishes
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The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 147/733