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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.
Seeing this early Wes Anderson movie is important in that it shows the zigzag path he has followed to find his own style of story telling and ultimately filmmaking -- one that he's comfortable working in and frees him to elaborate and refine that style. It's a little startling to see Luke and Owen Wilson looking and acting so callow and sincere and wet behind the ears, so unaffected by what Hollywood has turned them into today. This is a simple, goofy little film put together without fuss or frills and far from the baroque, absurd extravaganzas that Anderson has settled into making today that glory in designing everything within the frame with as much dazzle and hoary old story-telling…
A bit of fun.. I guess.
"On the run from Johnny Law. Ain't no trip to Cleveland!"
Wes Anderson's first full length film might be one of his best. It's one of his only movies firmly cemented in real life but still at the same time it has that trademarked Anderson wit and spunkiness. Not much to say about a film so solid and so fun to watch. I would strongly recommend this one to anyone who enjoys Wes Anderson's work or is looking for a (I hate this word) quirky fun film.
Bottle Rocket is what would have happened if Wes Anderson would have made a movie in the 90s. Wait… that is exactly what happened! This movie has the typical Wes Anderson characters and a promising setup but lacks much of later-Wes Anderson's visual style.
The beginning is great, the middle part is pretty boring and the ending is hilarious.
I don't think Wes Anderson's feature debut is that well directed, but enough of his style here is present—even if at this point it's in its infancy and its expression through costuming, plot details, dialogue, and performance style far outstrips what he can communicate with a camera—that it's engaging. There's a brilliant camaraderie among the actors and the film probes reals emotions: humor, melancholy, and unattainable romance. Just like it doesn't quite reach all those feelings, the film doesn't quite reach greatness, but it gets admirably close for a first try.
18 March 2015 ★★★☆☆
Possibly the oddest heist movie you'll ever see. Dignan (Owen Wilson) and his buddy Anthony (Luke Wilson) "escape" a voluntary mental hospital to begin a new life of crime. Dignan has everything worked out and they just have to pull a couple of robberies to get the attention of Mr. Henry (James Caan) a Landscaper who's also the head of a gang (at least Dignan thinks so). As you would imagine not everything goes as planned but it doesn't go as planned as you would imagine. In any case it's worth a couple of laughs.
Bottle Rocket is Wes Anderson's first feature film. How is it? Well, it feels a lot like the rest of his movies. It features an unconventional story, some subtle humor and symmetrical cinematography. If you've never liked him this probably won't convert you. If you do like him then you'll likely enjoy this too.
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