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- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English, Spanish
- Product Dimensions : 19.05 x 13.97 x 1.27 cm; 136.08 Grams
- Item Model Number : CRRN1772DVD
- Director : Anderson, Wes
- Media Format : AC-3, Color, Dolby, Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen, Special Edition
- Run time : 1 hour and 31 minutes
- Release date : 25 November 2008
- Actors : Wilson, Owen C, Wilson, Luke, Musgrave, Robert, Wilson, Andrew, Cavazos, Lumi
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : Criterion Collections
- ASIN : B001EOQCIK
- Number of discs : 2
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"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.
I have no idea how Bottle Rocket (1996) has gotten it’s bad reputation as one of Wes Anderson’s weaker films because it is absolutely delightful! Wes Anderson’s directorial debut Bottle Rocket is full of his signature auteur style already established with striking symmetrical cinematography, quaint wide shots, intimate facial close-ups, quirky characters, gentle writing, and a fondness for the coming of age genre. Robert D. Yeoman’s cinematography finds the cutest framing and funniest angles to capture the absurdity of these foolish criminals’ schemes.
Straight out of the gate, Wes Anderson finds his own voice with a pleasant script that dives deep into unhappy young men that want more out of life and don’t want to work without ever judging them. Owen Wilson actually co-wrote Bottle Rocket with Wes Anderson likely adding his charm and earnestness to the affair. Bottle Rocket is uplifting and warm with a tender perspective on aimless youth. You’ll leave Wes’ warmhearted Bottle Rocket looking for close friends to cherish.
Bottle Rocket is easily one of Wes Anderson’s best feature films and quite charming. Anderson’s direction is intimate for the romance, endearing for the friendship, and hilarious for all the comedy aspects. The laid back vibe of Bottle Rocket akin to the feeling that Fargo or Nacho Libre give you. Bottle Rocket is Reservoir Dogs and Heat meets The Big Lebowski. I had a blast watching Bottle Rocket! It gets funnier and funnier as this heist farce turns from intricate crime thriller into endearing robbery spoof. The chaotic finale is too funny to miss!
Mark Mothersbaugh’s score is upbeat and alternative at all times. The entire soundtrack is a quick wave splashing over you. It’s bright and refreshing with cool alternative rock songs shoved into every scene neatly.
Luke Wilson is really likable and genuine as the lead Anthony Adams in Bottle Rocket. His chemistry is endearing with Lumi Cavazos as Inez. She’s pretty and sweet in this gentle way that makes Inez instantly sympathetic. Luke Wilson has never given a better acting performance than Bottle Rocket. Likewise, Owen Wilson is phenomenal as Anthony’s rowdy and rough comrade in crime called Dignan. He’s funny and intense like Owen Wilson never tried to be since. Andrew Wilson hilariously kills it as the mean heel called Future Man. Robert Musgrave is strange and funny as the always complaining rich cohort Bob Mapplethorpe.
I must mention the impressive performance from the child actress Shea Fowler as Luke Wilson’s precocious, disappointed, and caring little sister Grace. She’s really expressive and engaging immediately upon entering the scene. Haley Miller also gets a cameo as the odd Bernice. Brian Tenenbaum also cameos as Future Man’s bully toadie friend H. Clay Murchison.
Lastly, James Caan is wonderful as the karate enthusiast, part-time landscaper, and professional thief Mr. Henry. His playful character is both enjoyable and intimidating. His final scene is brilliant, but I adore the scene at the country club where Caan stands up to Andrew Wilson’s Future Man in a threatening speech on behalf of Robert Musgrave’s meek Bob.
In short, Bottle Rocket is a brisk 91 minutes of irreverent joy and creative energy. David Moritz’ slick editing drives you along a crime trio on the run in record time. Wes Anderson explores friendship, brotherhood, maturity, and love with a carefree attitude and breathtaking expression.