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…
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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…
The first Wes Anderson film. I can understand why this tanked when it first came out but now that we've seen more of how Mr Anderson operates, and the kind of stories he likes to tell - tales of dysfunctional characters that he wants us to feel affection for - this film makes a lot more sense.
It's essentially three guys, all of whom want to be grand burglars, but who are absolutely useless at that profession. It was the debut for the Wilson brothers, Owen and Luke, and Dignan, the wannabe master planner, is probably Owen's best role.
Wes Anderson's first feature film is nothing short of amazing, developing his pronounced style and quirk almost immediately in his career, directing the Wilson brothers in a dark comedy about heisting and camaraderie. Both brothers show their unique acting styles and bright futures and work with Anderson to produce multiple comedic sequences. The quality of the film does not scream first-time feature, having a touch of an independent film while never feeling loose or underdeveloped, always feeling polished and well handled.
A movie about morons. Ok.
"Can you tell Mr. Henry I said that?" "I don't think we'll be seeing him anymore. He robbed Bob's house." "Really?..... I almost robbed it myself" the look Bob gives Dignan after this line in gold. I had only seen this onceyears ago & on the rewatch, I think this might be the best written of Wes' films, it's so zany, loose & quietly earnest, with a cast of characters whose traits are so detailed that we never know where they're going next & those same traits make the payoff that much more funny & enjoyable. Also, The scene when Andrew is running through the motel to Inez & "Alone Again Or" by Love is playing confirmed that a master was being born being our eyes.
Light on plot, heavy on characters. The characters were developed and likable. I usually don't love Owen Wilson, but he was amazing in this--his first film. Wes Anderson's signature style was definitely present in the close shots and color composition, but, as his first film, the style was less defining of the movie than it is in most of his. There are absolutely beautiful shots and compositions. The music fit perfectly!
Lower your expectations and I think you'll find a good handful of things to enjoy here. I found it laugh-out-loud funny, especially during the climactic final "heist" sequence, and it's rough, but in a kind of refreshing way if you're used to Wes' other pieces which are so tightly calculated and over the top stylistically. Worth a visit.
I needed a pick-me-up on an otherwise thoroughly awful birthday, so diving into Wes Anderson's debut for the first time in a long time was a nice pick-me-up until indigestion kept me awake the whole night after. Not the film's fault, of course, as it's still a rather unique film in his output that has his signature while not being anything much like what came after, no doubt as a result of having to make use of real world locations that the more carefully constructed playgrounds that Anderson would be come to known for afterward. The real appeal has always been in the performances, and it really struck me of how good a job that the Wilson brothers managed to…
On my second watch, two things changed for me. The roughness of the filmmaking stood out more. When I watched this for the first time, the freshness and originality seemed to mask over the at times awkward use of music as backbone for scenes, and the washed out look of some of the colors in the shots. Secondly, the use of criminality as humor didn't quite work as well as before. It still worked, and was fine, but it's harder for me to give the main characters a pass on some of their behavior. I mean, clearly this isn't a glamorization of crime, but the casualness with which some scenes approached crime seemed at odds with other pieces of characterization.…
It was sort of hard to follow along. There was a plot, but nothing so big that the movie was about just that. In a way that's a good thing, just a story about a couple of guys doing shit. Simple and juvenile, yet entertaining, because of the great directing by my hero Wes Anderson. There were some good parts of dialogue, but overall the writing was average. The best thing to come out of this movie is that we can see how Wes grew artistically, and as person, through out his career, which to some people, is the best thing art brings, people to reality.
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of hight quality "short" films. Easy…
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