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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…
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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…
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Review In A Nutshell:
A person's debut film does not always expose the pure visionaries of an artist, but it displays enough for the audience to see that there is potential. Take a look at Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs; it clearly is a film that is still unrefined in its style, but it displays enough unconventional dialogue and extended takes, that it feels different from the other similar-plotted films. I chose to use Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs as an example because so much of Bottle Rocket conveys a resemblance to the film, but to say that this is a rip off or even a homage to it is ridiculous.
Bottle Rocket is Wes Anderson…
Has a really shaky start, but I loved the last half of the movie. Easily the best that Owen Wilson has ever done in a film. No doubt about it.
Amid the independent film boom of the 90s, one of the movement’s eventually-celebrated directors made his feature-length debut to a nearly $6 million box office loss in 1996 with Wes Anderson’s ‘Bottle Rocket.’ Upon making a significant short showing at Sundance, Columbia took a chance on the young Texas director and decided, likely influenced by the indie craze, to invest a hefty sum of money into a film that would later only be screened in roughly 49 American theaters – simultaneously nearly causing Owen Wilson (under Owen C. Wilson) to join the marines. So, did ‘Bottle Rocket,’ akin to its moniker and the investing studio, get caught up in its own noise? Or is it an underappreciated and overlooked product…
I will never not love this movie. For all of it's merits, I think the thing that I like the best, and that gets overlooked, is the joie de virve that it contains throughout. This film is a treasure.
Certainly Luke Wilsons best movie. Was a fun filled movie. A bunch of amateurs making big plans and trying their hand at crime. Was a fun filled movie. Was pretty enjoyable. This is crime how a normal people would do! Haha
Bottle Rocket is a Wes Anderson film about three friends with different personalities that plan a robbery.
The film have really funny parts, with the typical quirky humor that his movies always have, the most funny parts are in my opinion the heists.
The acting is really good and funny, especially Owen Wilson and Robert Musgrave.
It's a pretty enjoyable time and it gets 4 stars or a 8/10
This, along with reservoir dogs, is one of the best low profit films I've seen.
Definitely one of my least favorite Wes Anderson films, but a Wes Anderson film nonetheless.
It is a small film, yet it has rich, full characters(Owen & Luke Wilson at their best). If I was going to suggest to fans what order to watch "Bottle Rocket" in Wes Anderson's collection of films, I would say to watch it last because this film is better the more you know Wes Anderson's films. It is a nice first film for a director to have, especially because what comes later is a full realization of great filmmaking.
A satisfying debut for both Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson.
Luke Wilson is SO UNDERRATED in terms of '90s hotties.
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 196/776 (25%)