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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.
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…
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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…
Wes Anderson's first feature film, based on his first short film of the same name, is a great debut that shows Anderson has potential to be a really good director. Some could say that Bottle Rocket is Wes Anderson's equivalent to Heat, but replace those guys with amateurs, some good laughs and strong comedy, and a little bit of romance on the side and you get Bottle Rocket. Plus it's quirky. It's Wes Anderson, so it has to be and is bound to be quirky no matter what.
I've always found Anderson's films to be very warm, in terms of color used in his films, including this one, and the feeling they give off. Bottle Rocket has a crisp look…
I don't think the Wilsons have been this good since.
Here are just a few of the key ingredients: dynamite, pole vaulting, laughing gas, choppers... can you see how incredible this is going to be? Hang gliding, come on!
Wes Anderson's feature film debut as a director and co-writer along with Owen Wilson. It's also the film acting debuts of Owen and Luke Wilson. Over 15 years later and it still stands as one of the best films for all involved. It's less hard to believe in the Wilsons' case, but believe it or not I much prefer Bottle Rocket over Anderson's last film Moonrise Kingdom.
Even Anderson's first film has his quirky style present, but in a much more subdued manner. It's a character driven comedy that's about…
The more I watch a Wes Anderson film, the more I come to enjoy it. The more I come to love it.
I've come to the conclusion that Wes Anderson is perfect.
Now I'm going to go and rate all his films 5/5, 10/10.
I'm sorry if you think I'm handing out these ratings too easily, but...
I love him, his films, his style, everything.
I love every line of every one of his films.
This film never really feels like the Wes Anderson we now know and have come to expect. While there's some small flashes of his meticulous visual flair and subtle humor; it's very much a raw effort. It's also missing something that is essential to the best of his work which is a strong male lead who starts off as something of a misfit but is still someone you like and who becomes a better person by the end of the film. Owen Wilson's Dignan is still pretty dumb and naive at the conclusion of Bottle Rocket and he's not as much of a sympathetic or amusing character to the audience as I feel he probably is to Anderson and Wilson…
Bottle Rocket is slowly becoming my favorite Wes Anderson film. Among his films, it has the least amount of apparent brushstrokes made by the director and yet it is unmistakably a film by Anderson. It has the quirky romance, one of my favorites told on film, and characters, Dignan being one of my favorites from Anderson. It also presents this interesting portrait of America at times, with all of its guns and fireworks and hopeless dreams, which is unique to Anderson's oeuvre. The scene with Inez and Anthony swimming in the pool, coming up for breath beneath the diving board, gazing into each other's eyes as steam emerges from the pool on a warm summer night, is ripped right out of the pages of middle American life, much like a lot of this film. And it is beautiful.
The humor didn't really work for me. A dumb guy, Dignan, making dumb plans and failing doesn't get me to laugh, I just pity this pathetic person. I never felt like Anthony should have been involved with him, that scene where the guys make fun of Dignan on the bike and Anthony sees him. That pity is what I felt the whole way, never felt like it was funny. The relationship between Anthony and Inez felt poorly established and ludicrous that they would want to be together and got no emotional attachment from me, it fell flat. The end event felt appropriate certainly but again that humor didn't work for me.
It's not that Bottle Rocket is a bad film; it's just not quite found that magic essence. Wes Anderson's debut film made back in 1996, starring and co-written by Owen Wilson, is an example of the director finding his feet. The hallmarks that will later become part of his distinctive brand of whimsical, off-beat comedy are on display here -- the elaborate framing, '60s soundtrack and deadpan humour -- but they have yet to be finessed. The recipe is there but it's missing that secret ingredient to make it really kick. It nonetheless manages to put an idiosyncratic spin on the crime genre though, documenting the odd relationship between three friends as they lay low in the aftermath of a robbery.
ίσως η καλύτερη στιγμή στην καριέρα των Wilson;
Well, coming from the last film that I saw from Wes Anderson and that was The Darjeeling Limited, which I didn't like and in some scenes it was even painful to watch, this is a breath of fresh air.
Surrealistic quirkiness mashed up with some pretty good humor keeps this film very interesting. One thing I admire about Wes Anderson is his remarkable use of colors. I'm in awe in every scene. The colors are so well arranged and they collide in a way that you don't see a film, you see a painting.
There were somethings that I don't know how to interpret, especially the end, cause of that one sentence that Dignan says to Anthony. But I'm not really worried about that, cause I'll gladly see this again.
First for Wes. Con ese humor característico de Anderson con personajes adorables y una historia fuera de lo común. El inicio de uno de los grandes directores de la nueva era.
Here we see a one-day master honing his signature style - bright visual strokes that complement colourful and very human characters who bounce off each other. Its filled striking humour, humour that is funny because it represents the participant's character. I'm not sure why it is the most panned of Wes's films - this is one I look forward to returning to.
(But I am puzzled that Wes chose to collaborate so much with Owen Wilson. Watching this film I had to wish that we could see more of his brother in roles like this.)
Wes Anderson's first film shows his natural talent.
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
- Grand Illusion
- Seven Samurai
- The Lady Vanishes
- The 400 Blows
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.