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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…
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.
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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…
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…
James Caan with a man-bun has to be one of the greatest things in the history of cinema.
Y aquí es donde el señor Anderson empieza a forjar su estilo; con una fotografía a tonos pasteles como perfeccionaría en un futuro y con un par de personajes en situaciones irreverentes en una historia, que si bien se maneja como comedia, no tiene ese carisma o chispa que sus posteriores trabajos.
Una ópera prima bastante comedida para un director hoy en día alabado.
Even back than Anderson's works consisted of that distinctive combination of quiet beauty, odd comedy and innocent romanticizing of the most random, absurd things.
The more stuff I watch this guy made, the more I believe in the assertion that his movies actually form their own unique genre which simply is not classifiable.
Resevoir Dogs directed by Wes Anderson. Also features a cameo of Martin Scorses style with a rollicking Rolling Stones playing during an integral scene. However feels very un-Wes Anderson like excluding the use of red and side shots of everything.
Since it's my birthday I wanted to watch a few of my favorites, Bottle Rocket is easily my favorite Wes Anderson film, and one of my favorite comedies.
I don't have much to say that hasn't been said already.
I'm going to be watching The Double Life of Veronique next.
FINALLY A WES ANDERSON COMPLETIST
Every other WA movie has grown on me with every rewatch, and I hope that's the case with this, because I liked it, but I wasn't nearly as immersed in it as I would be in his other universes he creates. Pre-Schwartzman Anderson is foreign to me.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
What I expected from Wes Anderson's debut feature, having seen all of his other work and become a fan of his over the years, was something a bit less methodical and more fresh. The first thing that people think about when they see his name is of course his distinct style. This is something that is noticeable to even the casual moviegoer, even if they don't have the vocabulary to exactly describe or express it. And you see little hints of it here in Bottle Rocket. The hard angles of the frame looking down at objects being laid out for our characters to survey creeps up when Dignan outlines his 75 year plan to Anthony - perhaps not as rigidly…
Drags at some points but a really funny, offbeat Anderson flick.
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