Movies that are slightly off.
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 Wes Anderson's first ever feature film, and it is also a toned down version of all his directorial quirks that appear in his later films. The story is hilarious and offbeat, and the characters are as well. The humor is subtle and Owen Wilson really steals the show. It may not be as visually stunning as Wes Anderson's later films, but it's still worth watching if you like his comedic style.
Wes Anderson began his filmmaking career with this astounding breath of life. Bottle Rocket is snappy in dialogue and has a humor you can't find in any other film. The script is fraught with subtext and emotional depth, for anyone who cares to look for it. A stunning first movie from Wes Anderson.
James Caan should be in every film
"Well, I think there's a real air of mystery about me."
Part I of my Wes Anderson Double Feature
It's always interesting to watch an auteur's first film. Looking back on a long career, it's cool to see where a filmmaker began. Obviously, the filmmaker is not going to have the kind of freedom and budget he/she had in their subsequent films once they got popular and more acclaim. You're typically dealing with low-to-very-low budgets here, small movies often made on a shoestring budget. But these movies are fascinating to look back on because you can almost always see the start of something special with a filmmaker's first film. Style points are present if you look…
1996 Movielog #37
One of my favourite films. Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson make a heist movie unlike any you've ever seen. Luke and Owen are the leads, a couple of guys in suburbia with delusions of a future in crime. Owen's Dignan does connect with an actual crime figure in the form of James Caan, which sets up a robbery in the third act. The plotting couldn't be more mundane, but that's the point. The fun in the film is just spending time with these characters, their hilarious interplay, while they discover who they want to be versus who they really are. The way Anderson gets these guys to deliver lines, a style continued in Rushmore, is outstanding, as if creating his own brand of humour, that the Wilson brothers are perfect for.
This was a fun movie, everyone speaking weird.
Off topic but I'm actually going to see The Neon Demon!!! It's screening at MIFF on the 30th of July. I've got my ticket, along with 6 other tickets to other films. Very excited! My schedule for MIFF is on my twitter if you're interested :) It's going to be my first MIFF
"We did it, though. Didn't We?"
Wes Anderson at his most base. No big ensemble. No intricate sets. No elaborate plot. No Bill Murray. Just three guys pursuing a life of crime. Certainly enjoyable, but it doesn't even begin to hint at the greatness that would come later.
Give me your top 10 favorite comedies!
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of hight quality "short" films. Easy…