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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…
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…
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.
This, Wes Anderson's first movie might not have the wall-to-wall visual style of his later work, but there are most definitely flashes of it - the jump suits, the nose bands, smoking and swimming pools. What is present, are the themes that he keeps coming back to - complicated family situations, education and school, upper-middle-class out-of-placeness - are all there in spades.
It's kinda weird coming back to Bottle Rocket. It's a Wes Anderson movie that is not hiding behind the veneer of a perfectly constructed artifice.
I'm not sure if that's a necessarily good thing. I like his artificiality.
Could almost be a 4.5 tbh.
Has the cutest romance of probably any Wes Anderson film.
It all starts for Wes Anderson here. An impressive first feature that displays many of the traits that will come to define him in his future films. Both Luke and Owen Wilson show off there fine acting skills (a big step up for both of them from the short film version they created two years earlier) and for my money, the love story between Anthony and Inez is still the best that Anderson has made to date. I'm looking forward to re-watching the rest of Anderson's filmography between now and Halloween when I throw a themed party.
Doesn't really feel much like a Wes Anderson film as much as it feels like a typical 90's indie movie. The leaps from Bottle Rocket to Rushmore and Rushmore to The Royal Tenenbaums are pretty huge. Gets an extra half star because Dignan is one of my favorite Owen Wilson characters.
Part of the 24 Hour Movie Marathon
11:37am: Bottle Rocket fires up. The kiddies said they liked Lady from Shanghai. A couple moments I felt myself drifting; I probably should not lie down for future reference.Bought myself a caffeinated soda to help reenergize things. I think the food during Carlito’s Way will make things better too.
12:36pm: Almost an hour through Bottle Rocket now, and I dunno, I just don’t like this film like I like Rushmore or Tennenbaums. I can recognize that the humor is exactly the same, yet I still don’t find it that funny. The plot is rather asinine and the jokes are sort of funny, but like Ebert said about Attack of the Clones, I don’t…
I checked out "Bottle Rocket", and despite being the first film from "Rushmore" director Wes Anderson, it wasn't very fascinating.
I'm sure with subsequent watches the usual Anderson humor will start gnawing away at my sensibilities, allowing me to laugh at the most subtle points (much like in "Rushmore"), But for the most part I found the characters too eccentric, and their stories not nearly interesting enough to hold attention.
A great debut by Wes Anderson that is funny and heartfelt.
I enjoyed this movie. It's not really representative of Anderson's style. He's not as confident and distinct a filmmaker as he is later. Owen and Luke Wilson's acting is great though, and is probably the best thing about about the movie.
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
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The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
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