In anything. But man was he great in this movie. I mean it was such a good performance. This movie is director Wes Anderson's Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic feature directorial debut. It's about a group of misfit friends that decide to take up a life of crime. The group includes Anthony Luke Wilson just got out of the nut house and is searching for himself. Dignan Owen Wilson, co-wrote the movie with Anderson is the confident but bumbling ringleader who wants to be notorious but doesn't know how to execute a plan to save his life. And Bob Robert Musgrave <more>
the driver/look out who just wants a little recognition. The movie follows their misadventures of them robbing a bookstore, going on the lamb, Anthony falling in love with a Motel maid who instills joy back in his life, and Dignan's 'big score' that involves his former employer. The subtle humor and deliveries by the actors make the movie stand out in it's own little version comedy. The characters are losers, but lovable. You can't help but cheer them on even though what they do is illegal. I highly recommend this cool little film. It's an excellent introduction into the wonderful films of Wes Anderson.RATING: **** out of ****
"He's out. And you're out too. And I'm not sure I'm in either..." (by fahfooh)
This movie is a true gem.The Brothers Wilson have created a timeless masterpiece of friendship, loyalty and vision. Nevermind that their vision might not be what you'd do. The redeeming values Dignan and Anthony and Bob display far outweigh their faults.I taped this movie off of IFC years ago, and it's been watched to death... almost literally it's getting kinda worn... I should find a *new* copy . Anyone I've ever shown this movie to loved it.James Caan gives his best performance since 'Misery', only this time it's funny.Watch for the scene where: Bob's <more>
driving, they just left Anthony's sister's school when he returned his mom's earrings ... Bob is going on about his miserable life, and if you watch Anthony in the rear seat, suddenly he straightens up in his seat and says "...ahh that was a stop sign..."Very Very Very VEWWY good movie.
Before I saw this movie my life was a disaster. It's still a disaster, but at least I have a sense of humour about it now.Ostensibly Bottle Rocket is about some guys in Texas who try to be outlaws. But isn't really about the robberies. It's about everything you ever wanted and more.Here are just a few of the key ingredients: dynamite, pole-vaulting, laughing gas, choppers. Can you see how incredible this is going to be?See it and be happy.
A small gem of low-key comedy (by coop-16)
Having seen and loved Rushmore, I was determined to see Bottle Rocket. Fortunately, my university library had a wonderful laser-disc copy. This is a Beautiful film. The acting, the script, and the cinematography are near perfection. If you are looking for a series of loud guffaws and obvious jokes, this movie isn't the place for them. What it is the place for is subtle, rich, dry, low key humor. There are a few well timed side splitters, but most the jokes are of the smiling kind, NOT the "laugh out loud kind.This is a terrific movie, and it is one of the few times that the <more>
egregious Michael Medved has been right in the assessment of a film: it does herald a new, unique vision and sensibility.
The simplest complex film I've ever watched (by BlackVelvet88)
But that's a good thing. I actually had to record this to watch it because I wasn't "available" for TV at the time. Now, I'm happy that I did so. I love this film! I don't know why this tanked so badly at the box office. If you think about it as you watch it, it's very interesting. Of course, many people at the time had probably only heard the names of the actors in the film for the first time, with the exception of James Caan, so it may not have been a star attractor. Maybe that explains it? All I know is that I wanted to watch this again after the first view <more>
because it was that good.Dignan, played by Owen Wilson, is now a film icon for me. His name is not only the coolest name ever, but it alone spells out his dignity, passion, and aggressive will to hang on whatever he can get. Even though Anthony Luke Wilson makes a good main character, the film focuses on Dignan, for his actions motivate the other characters and keep the film going. Wilson's performance of this character was probably at his best and it is one of those very rare acts where the actor doesn't become the character, but actually is the character.As I said, it is the simplest complex films I've ever watched because the scenes are rather mellow and easy, not emotional and touching like most friendship comedy-drama films, but they still leave the audience with feelings. That's why the script is brilliant. It spares intensity from the screen and lets the audience find it for each person itself. It's very hard to achieve that, but Wes Anderson and Wilson do so.Each character is so well formed. Like Anderson's other movie, The Royal Tenenbaums, you can see the essence of each character just from their appearance, voice, and movement. Only for this one, I cannot quite describe how. The only way to know what I'm talking about is to actually see these characters for yourself.Almost like a Shakespearean play, every character shown plays a role. Even those who seem minor have an important part, so their appearances aren't wasted. An example is Grace Shea Fowler , Anthony's caring but cynical kid sister who is deeply disappointed at her brother's chosen destination in life. At first, Anthony's happy to see her, to see that someone understands and knows him like the person he really is. But he sees that, over time, Grace has become unlike that, that her childish deceit has come in the way. She becomes a hard spot in Anthony's life and mind, which becomes resolved for a time by Inez Lumi Cavalos .This may be a mere cult hit now, but I have a feeling that it will become something bigger in the future. It's become one of my favorite films and it has a special place in my mind. It's a landmark in comedy-drama and much more. Well done, Anderson.
Crime doesn't pay, but it sure can be funny (by Woodyanders)
Hyper, fast talking and wildly delusional day dreamer Dignan a wonderfully lively and engaging performance by Owen Wilson persuades his more laid-back best friend Anthony the equally likable Luke Wilson and their meek, mopey buddy Bob an amusingly morose Robert Musgrove to join up with him and become a crack criminal outfit. Naturally, things don't go exactly as planned, with comically disastrous results for all concerned.Acclaimed indie director Wes Anderson's debut feature is one of those subtle little comic beauties that doesn't really seem like much as you watch it, but <more>
gets funnier and more resonant when you reflect on it after seeing it. It has its own uniquely sweet and eccentric low-key charm, a certain offhanded grace and understated style that's both endearing and enjoyable in comparable measure. The smart and astute script by Anderson and Wilson shows a genuine warmth and affinity for this personable trio of lovable slacker losers with big time ambitions and no actual ability to effectively realize said ambitions. Standard crime film conventions are cleverly turned on their ear. For example, our blundering and constantly bickering threesome resort to crime not out of necessity, but out of misguided desire and sheer desperation; they're just trying to alleviate the numbing tedium of their drab, safe and comfortable suburbanite existences. The robbery sequences are simply sidesplitting, with our boys proving beyond a reasonable doubt that they just aren't ideal and suitable candidates for a life of crime the book store caper is absolutely priceless . Better still, both Wilson brothers and Musgrove are terrific in the leads, with superb support from Lumi Cavazos as a nice and pretty Mexican motel maid Anthony falls in love with, Andrew Wilson as Bob's browbeating tool of a brother Future Man, and especially James Caan as hearty, jovial local "crime boss" Mr. Henry. Mark Mothersbaugh's breezy score and Bob Yeoman's bright, fluid, dynamic and picturesque cinematography are both on the money excellent. The leisurely pacing takes a little getting used to, but once you get into the film's quirky groove the movie overall proves to be a real fresh, funny and above all inspired and original treat.
I find it really hard to explain to people why I think Wes Anderson movies are so great. There's an air about them that's so wonderful and I always feel really great after I've watched them. When I tried to explain my friend said, "a bit like the Big Lebowski?" and I think that's the closest you can come to describing Bottle Rocket and Wes Anderson movies as a whole they're that sort of brand of movie.Bottle Rocket is the story of three guys who live in the suburbs who are trying to become criminals and not making a very good job of it. The film starts with <more>
Anthony Luke Wilson coming out of a voluntary rehab type place and instantly joining his friend Dignan in his very poor attempts to become some sort of criminal. They are joined by their friend Bob, because he has a car, and start by robbing a library. The film really emerges from that moment and takes you on this up beat, weird but wonderful adventure.Owen and Luke Wilson are really good together, with Owen Wilson probably stealing the show as the completely useless but very endearing Dignan. Bob, played by Robert Musgrave, is also excellent in his role as the lovable loser. The soundtrack is perfect, everything comes and goes at exactly the right moment. This was probably one of the funniest films i've seen in a while too. If you like the Big Lebowski you will love this film my favourite is probably "Anthony wake up, Bob's stolen his car" . It also feels a lot longer than it is and whilst that's usually bad, in this case it was fantastic. At 30 minutes I looked to see how long I'd been watching it for and was amazed at how engrossed I was but also how much happens but yet the film manages to feel really slow and relaxed.Though I've said Dignan was endearing I guess the movie as a whole is endearing, its such a lovely film, I really don't see how you couldn't like it. Some how this just misses out on being a real classic on a level with Big Lebowski, maybe its because not as many people have seen it or something, either way its definitely in my top ten or top five or something. A must see, go and watch it!
This tale of three aspiring thieves has as much heart as any Wes Anderson film. As usual, Anderson presents flawed characters for whom you will feel compassion. But this comedy does not attempt to make you cry. Filled with dry humor, this script was the first of three to have been co-written by Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson. If you are in the camp that prefers Rushmore and Royal Tenenbaums, you will find that this script feels more like those films than Anderson's more recent work.Although this movie has a smaller budget than Anderson's other films, the director is able to put together <more>
a fun film. Anderson compiles one of his great soundtracks despite being unable to afford royalty-heavy songs.Perhaps not yet confident enough to take risks, Anderson does not engage in the visual experimentation found in his other films. Although you might miss the liberal use of vivid colors found in all other Anderson films, I think the fantastic sets and props such as the submarine or the helicopter in Life Aquatic are best left out of this simpler, more realistic film.
Bottle Rocket is Wes Anderson's first feature, and a remake of a short film he made with Owen Wilson as well. It bears all of the hallmarks of a Wes Anderson film quirky characters, dry humor, precise and orchestrated cinematography, and a story about finding something beautiful in the flaws of the main characters, especially Dignan Owen Wilson .The film has a simple story, three friends attempting to commit a robbery and go on the run, but like Wes Anderson movies it is not straightforward. The movie is not about the heist, rather the relationships between the main characters and their <more>
flaws. The best of which is Owen Wilson's 75 year plan he created for himself and Luke Wilson's character, describing when they would get married, etc.Dignan's 75 year plan and his heist plan are themes Wes Anderson carries throughout his movies. A main character is always trying to accomplish something well beyond their means and capacity i.e. Bill Murray in Life Aquatic, Max in Rushmore, Owen Wilson in Darjeeling . They are always planning and scheming something greater than they can obviously achieve. This movie blends humor, and drama very well. It reminds me of Fargo with its dry and occasionally dark humor. The film ends as a tragedy the tragedy of Dignan , which makes us feel bad for him. But you almost feel like he will be okay. His personality makes this bad turn of fortune not seem so bad. Bottle Rocket is one of Anderson's better movies and if you enjoy any and all of his later flicks then check this one out.