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,…
It’s hard to explain why exactly this is one of my favorite movies, but with every rewatch I notice something new and understand why the film absolutely works in every regard. Whether it is the playful style of the cinematography/editing, wonderful dynamic between the Wilson brothers, Bob’s humble characterization, or Inez and Anthony’s budding as well as believable romance: everything coalesces.
This is pure Americana cinema fused with the DIY sensibilities of the New Wave: Anderson takes a simple-enough heist plot, seasons it with just the right amount of depth in interpersonal connections and characterization, and then adds a necessary romance and the protagonists getting stranded to propel the plot and boom: Band of Outsiders meets Five Easy Pieces.
The Wilson brothers are the first in a long line of ridiculous but lovable narcissists that make up the Wes Anderson universe. There should be a DSM5 diagnosis for a Wes Anderson narcissistic personality disorder, and his films are a relentless study of how this dysfunction can manifest itself. Artists and criminals. Interesting that this first one begins his story by escaping from a mental institution (even though he has already been released) and continues into a bumbling life of crime. Dignan is the screenwriter, with his 75 year plan the screenplay for the lives of these hapless fools. And the soundtrack includes poor Arthur Lee's Alone Again Or as the love song!
It’s a fun film, but not something I’d want to revisit anytime soon. Flirting with being tame, but I think it works a bit better than The Darjeeling Limited.
it's starting to grow on me. the writing is really good 💕
Debut was the word for Bottle Rocket, the 1996 crime comedy about a group of foolish friends who turn to pulling off heists as a means of supporting their 75-year plan. The quirky Wes Anderson and brothers Luke and Owen Wilson hit the big screen for the first time, bringing their 1994 short film along with them. Two friends, Anthony, a recently discharged patient at a voluntary psychiatric unit, and Dignan, a free soul, recruit Bob Mapplethorpe as their getaway driver because they know no one else, stealing a tiny amount of money in the process and go on the run. Staying at a hotel, Anthony meets a maid called Inez and falls in love with her, creating a rift…
A fun play on the typical heist film formula. You can see the seeds of Anderson's style throughout. Really serves as one his most laidback and toned down films.
Stellar cast. It just feels like they were having fun on set. Definitely an enjoyable short adventure.
While Bottle Rocket won't convert anyone who's not already a fan of Wes Anderson, it will be a treat for anyone who enjoys his work. For me, going backwards, I got a real kick realizing how consistent his directorial style has always been - even when you go back to his humble beginnings as a filmmaker, this is pure Wes Anderson.
"What a lemon! One minute it's running like a top, and the next it's broken down on the side of the road. And I can't fix a car like this, because I don't have the tools! And even if I did have the tools I don't know if I could fix a car like this!"
Typical Wes Anderson, only it wasn't as interesting and as great as the others.
My viewing was interrupted by frequent cases of overheating laptop. I've got to admit, my 6-year-old laptop has been my go-to film viewing apparatus lately. It's way past its mileage and the cooling fan hasn't been in such a great shape either due to dust pile-up and whatnot, so I can't really tell why I chose to stick around with it. (hint: it has something to do with a certain college student's finances)
As such, there were several important narrative beats whose importance and resonance got severely undercut by my laptop's sudden decision to hibernate so as to not let itself explode because of the overwhelming heat. I need to revisit this in the near future (on a fully functional TV set, I hope) since what I witnessed in parts here was something that I felt I could've thoroughly enjoyed. I really want to take it all in.
Luke Wilson is ace, though.
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
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