Can't believe it took me so long to finally see this. As with all Wes Anderson films I find myself alternating between boredom and bemusement. The latter is not necessarily a bad thing as it allows the film to percolate in a way that a drama or straight comedy never could. Plot and pacing are sacrificed in favor of character and visual creativity. This is as perfect a first film as I've seen.
If you weren't around, you probably cannot be brought cozily to an understanding of how gleefully anachronistic a piece of 90s indie culture Bottle Rocket was. Sure. Yong guys pulling off woebegone heists. Tons of movies like that. But guys like this? Arthur Lee on the soundtrack? The wardrobe? This movie is pissing on the pant legs of a generation. Eventually, of course, Anderson would go on to make dioramas.
Very impressive for a first movie. It lacks the sense of humor or emotionalism Wes would later come to perfect in films like in Moonrise Kingdom of Life Aquatic but what made it worth watching was the absolutely fantastic characters. The film's character's were honestly more interesting than the story and I wish that they had more interesting things to do. That being said, it was very enjoyable.
Wes Anderson starts his full-lenght filmography with this astonishing piece of work. Well managed and great performed by Wilson brothers. It's kind of a great movie in terms of detailing and pitching visual elements in its right place. The firework scene is simply superb.
for a debut, this is really very good. he has his visual style almost completely nailed down. owen wilson and luke wilson are great here, and the jokes are intelligent and witty, just like wes anderson should always be. the emotional connection is there too, but i felt it did not have the quirky strokes that make his later films the masterpieces they are. i feel this reminds me of brothers bloom, too much to seperate