15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocket away
Taking a trip into Wes Anderson's head is like going into a parallel universe where most things are the same, but the nature of reality is just slightly warped. And that formula holds true for "Bottle Rocket," his first collaboration with actor Owen Wilson (who also stars), an absurdist crime caper.
Anthony (Luke Wilson) has just been released from a mental...
Published on 1 Jan 2006 by E. A Solinas
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Young, Dumb and Criminal!
If you're an Owen wilson, Luke Wilson or Wes Anderson fan then I strongly reccomend this film as the Wilson brothers are extremaly good in these early roles(although playing friends not brothers), and Wes Anderson creates an intersting version of reality as he is known for(although not as far out as The Life Aquatic).
However I think the Wilson brothers can be good...
Published on 10 Sep 2011 by j.r
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hit and Miss early film from Wes Anderson is still upbeat all the way.,
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting, oddball first feature with hidden depths,
This review is from: Criterion Collection: Bottle Rocket [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)A rambling, oddball shaggy dog story, but it packs some real emotion and laughs along the way. Terrific understated performances, and good use of images and music.
I recently watched it a 2nd time and found I wasn't all that into it... until near the end, when it suddenly got me on a deeper level emotionally than on first viewing. There's something in it about the loss of childhood dreams that resonates beyond the silly and playful surface. Always a good sign when a film deepens with time and re-visiting.
If you can play region 1 DVDs and care about the film, Criterion's extras are definitely a worthwhile investment, most especially (for me) the 13 minute short the feature grew out of.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wes,
This review is from: Bottle Rocket [DVD] (DVD)its got all three wilson brothers, whats not to like. Wes Anderson makes great films.
4.0 out of 5 stars Bottle Rocket - a charming debut,
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This review is from: Criterion Collection: Bottle Rocket [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)Martin Scorsese has called Wes Anderson's debut feature film "Bottle Rocket" one of his favorite films of the 1990s. At first I was surprised upon reading this, but looking at the film and hearing Scorsese talk about film in general, I can see why. On the surface, Anderson's and Scorsese's films have little, if anything, in common. But if you think about it, "Bottle Rocket" is a film about friendship between young men, not that different from Scorsese's "Mean Streets." Also, colour is always an active agent in Anderson's films, another aspect shared by Scorsese. And most of all, both filmmakers have a genius sense for soundtracks, i.e. what songs are most suited to the frame. I particularly admire the timing of the music, such as the use of The Proclaimers' song "Over and Done With" and The Rolling Stones' "2000 Man" and the way they fit in with their respective scenes.
"Bottle Rocket" is a story about two characters, Anthony and Dignan and their feeble life of crime. What makes the film special is the infectious optimism, a sentiment that is neither artificial nor forced as it usually is in independent American films. Neither is the comedy, which just flows quite naturally and never intrudes upon the characters' believability. Anthony (played laconically by Luke Wilson) has just been in a psychiatric hospital for "exhaustion." As his little sister points out, there seems to be little cause for exhaustion in Anthony's unemployed, laid-back lifestyle, but as the film progresses we understand that it is Dignan who is the cause. The development of the character story (which throbs underneath the veneer of heist-buddy-comedy film) comes over beautifully, the pacing is perfect and the end result is one of Wes Anderson's most touching films to date. It does not have a trace of cynicism in it, a rarity in today's world. When Anthony meets a girl and falls in love, his best friend is happy for him instead of being jealous. Although it inevitably gets in the way of their friendship, it does not make any lasting damage upon it. The film's very happy ending feels real and natural.
Criterion has of course given this film a proper sendoff - marvellously packaged with interesting special features, a fine booklet and a neat picture quality. Then again, I expected nothing less of Criterion than to show proper respect for one of the most original and exciting filmmakers in the US today.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cements Owen Wilsons and Wes Andersons place in cinematic history,
I can see (almost) how the film might not appeal to anybody but I can honestly say THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST FILMS I've seen for ages and probably one of the best ones I've ever seen! Hopefully Anderson and Wilson will continue to collaborate and keep producing such great, heartwarming movies.....
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously under rated must see classic,
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Affectionate, funny, sad, heart warming - it is the tale of two friends and their reluctance to grow up and deal with the real world. Dignan (Wilson) wants to be a famous criminal - but only as long as no one gets hurt. His best friend (played by younger brother) Luke Wilson, just wants a normal life and to fall in love. His unerring loyalty towards Dignan and their life long friendship propels him into a life on the run (well a backwoods motel somewhere in the mid-west).
Dignan is an anti-hero in the mould of Holden Caufield (Catcher in the Rye) - he has a good heart even if some of his actions are on the wrong side of the law. He's a dreamer who wants everyone to be happy and this makes him one of the most lovable cinemtic characters of the last few years who you would be more than happy to meet up with again.
Both Owen and Luke Wilson are fantastic and the film is brilliantly written and directed just don't expect Ocean's Eleven slickness or Reservoir Dogs violence - Bottle Rocket is much better because it has a heart. This film will send you away feeling a little better about the world - an essential ingredient to any film IMHO.
DON'T BE AN IDIOT - BUY THIS FILM!
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mediocre first film from Anderson.,
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt and hilarious,
This review is from: Bottle Rocket [DVD] (DVD)Bottle Rocket is Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson's first collaborative script, and it shows. Adapted from their short film of the same name, Bottle Rocket tells the tale of loveable but simple Dignan, his always-wanting-to-please best friend Anthony, and getaway driver Bob. No more really needs to be said about this film as the story is worth watching in itself and the acting is spot on; Owen could not have nailed the character of Dignan any better and all of the cast, which includes all three Wilson brothers, really shines. Although not as well executed as the rest of the current Wes/Owen films (Rushmore, Royal Tenenbaums), for a first film, using mainly unknown actors (and some non-actors (Kumar) ) I think it's a wonderful effort and is one of my favourite films of all time. What this film lacks in minute details to the characters and settings - something very apparent in Royal Tenenbaums - it more than makes up for in a hilarious and well thought through dialogue and subtle one liners on and off screen, which I personally feel is second to no other Wes Anderson scripts.
If you've seen any other Wes Anderson films you must watch this. If you've seen any other Owen Wilson films, you must watch this. If you want to really feel like you've been introduced to a character who you want to be your best friend in real life (how I feel about Dignan), WATCH THIS FILM! You won't be disappointed.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yeah.,
No extras and a bad misleading cover making this look like a heist movie with lots of gun action. Thankfully it's no heist movie, the criminal activity being of the most pathetic kind. it's two guys lead into a farcical burglary by a fantasist who has probably watched too many movies. Oh, and a love interest in an immigrant maid at their 'hideout' motel. The movie looks like it was thought up as it went along, a coherent movie then salvaged in the editing. The movie never builds up any tension or belly laughs, rather a slow friendly little movie for a quiet Sunday. For a more substantial movie by Wes Anderson try Rushmore with it's hideous beret wearing fantasist and the movie stealing performance from Murray (does he do any other type of performance?)
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor,
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Bottle Rocket [DVD] by Wes Anderson (DVD - 2007)