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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…
Film #39 in The June Challenge
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…
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…
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.
It's hard to describe this film without saying "it doesn't feel like a Wes Andrerson film".
I find Owen Wilsons character to be so irritating In this film. To date this is the only Wes Anderson film I don't like. I gave it to stars because I really enjoy the Luke Wilson romantic angle with Inez.. Those scenes are really sweet, I wish the rest of the film was as good
I made it half way through and this is literally the most boring movie I have ever seen.
At last, I have finally watched every film Wes Anderson has directed. His first outing has hints of his future visual style and charm. Took me a while to get into, but there was fun to be had.
A bit of a cult classic and a fairly decent introduction to one of today's most talented filmmakers, Bottle Rocket is an entertaining but ultimately forgettable and average crime comedy. Some of Anderson's directorial styles and flourishes are present in this film but Bottle Rocket can best be described as fun but amateurish. A much weaker script and one noted performances from the Wilson Brothers prevent the film from appealing to be a true 90s classic.
Watching Bottle Rocket is part fun but also part torturous. The Wilson Brothers, in their film debut, are extremely ragged in their respective roles. Neither adds much credibility to their characters by the utterance of their dialogue alone. Their struggles, their ambitions, their passions…
Gathering tropes and similarities in Wes Anderson films for a tribute video. Anything that occurs in four Wes Anderson films or more qualifies.
Here are the ones that I found in this film:
Binoculars, Climbing Up and Down Buildings, Elevator Scenes, Face Punch, Firing Guns Haphazardly, Hotels/Motels, Motorcycles, Smoking, The Wilsons (as actors)
This is my favorite Wes Anderson, granted I've only seen Moonrise, Rushmore, Fantasic Mr Fox, and The Grand Budapest (the latter which I don't like much of at all the others I all love). This movie is too funky and too crazy not to like though, Owen and Luke Wilson play some iconic characters here. Very good storytelling displayed, the script is very smart and doesnt baby us with exposition dumps. They come naturally through a series of events, as well as giving us information that other characters need that they do not know yet. I wish Wes Anderson went back to this, theres no panting esque shots or over stylized visuals. It's somewhat gritty compared to The Grand Budapest, which I'll take any day of the week. Nevertheless Wes Anderson is a very fascinating filmaker and this is his my favorite of his.
This, Wes Anderson's first movie might not have the wall-to-wall visual style of his later work, but there are most definitely flashes of it - the jump suits, the nose bands, smoking and swimming pools. What is present, are the themes that he keeps coming back to - complicated family situations, education and school, upper-middle-class out-of-placeness - are all there in spades.
It's kinda weird coming back to Bottle Rocket. It's a Wes Anderson movie that is not hiding behind the veneer of a perfectly constructed artifice.
I'm not sure if that's a necessarily good thing. I like his artificiality.
- 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.
Number I've Seen: 165/743