Before watching it I was reluctant. This is Anderson's directorial debut and off the bat you notice his style and writing weren't developed yet. However, he delivers one of his funniest movies yet and you still get the quirky characters, beautiful cinematography and a sweet and entertaining story.
Very impressive first film to start a really solid filmography, showing essential characteristics of his style (now more consolidated) since early in his career. Is charming, hopeful and funny. I love the way Wes shifts reality and makes it feel like a children's book. I really liked this film!
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.
There is a major stylistic shift to come between this film and Rushmore, but what it retains is the basic affection Anderson has for his characters as they stumble around, struggling to communicate their feelings and need to connect. Not to everyone's taste - but I found it light as air and completely charming.