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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…
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.
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Review In A Nutshell:
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…
Wes Anderson's least typical film. It retains a very a stripped-down version of his now trademark aesthetic, and takes place in the very real world. A lot of his films take place in his own universe, surreal and quirky to a fault, but I think that Bottle Rocket and The Darjeeling Limited are his most grounded features. Bottle Rocket was both a great introduction to him as a director, but it also contains career-best performances from both Wilson brothers. I love it. It's a great example of keeping it simple, but also retaining your sensibilities as an artist.
Bottle Rocket is one of the thousand independent crime comedies made in the 90's, except this one invests a lot more in the comedy part — a very peculiar comedy —, the characters are all losers but funny and heartwarming in their own way and, even thoug this is Wes Anderson's debut, a lot of his characteristic elements are present here such as a very quirky romance subplot, the soundtrack uses the same type of music as well as the overall style. It's not perfect at anything but the film is simple in its own way which makes it highly enjoyable.
I wasn't sure what to expect of this film, based on the recommendations that I've gotten for it over the years. Now that I've seen it, I can't believe I didn't know what to expect from Wes Anderson's first feature. It was this, of course. Looking back
now, that seems so obvious. I feel I should have been able to predict everything about it.
It may not be The Royal Tenenbaums, but Bottle Rocket has the dry humor and bittersweet pathos that we can always count on Anderson for - not to mention great interiors and great colors. Those bright orange glossy motel room walls alone are worth the price of admission, but we also have many scenes that were…
When a Wes Anderson film doesn’t feel quite like a Wes Anderson film. Excluding the relationship between Inez and Anthony, I completely lost interest in Bottle Rocket. The usual quirkiness was missing and the characters were just not intriguing enough for me. I would use the fact that this was one of Anderson’s first films as an excuse, but two years after this movie, Anderson made Rushmore which was so incredibly great. But after watching this one, I’m not as hyped as I usually am to watch another film of this fantastic director. Hopefully, the next one I watch will prove to me that Bottle Rocket is just the exception.
It's amazing how quickly Anderson's aesthetic formed after this film. I'm not sure you could really tell visually that this is one of his films, but in terms of tone and dialogue, it's all here. Two absolutely fantastic heist scenes.
I finally got around to watching Wes Anderson's Bottle Rocket.
I call myself A huge Anderson fan and now after seeing this I can say that I have seen all of his films.
This movie had a slight Anderson feel to it. not as heavy as the rest of his films have. great story though, great acting by the wilson brothers.
sometimes i just really want to go to jail or go stay in a mental hospital for a while, too, dignan. i feel ya.
After viewing this I have seen all of Wes Anderson's movies. It was good, but I kinda wish I started with this, and worked my way forward, since he only gets better as the years go on. Nonetheless this is a great movie!
Quirky and funny with GREAT characters...
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Number I've Seen: 168/753