Bottle Rocket

Film: Bottle Rocket
Release Date: 21st February 1996
Director: Wes Anderson
Rating: 15
Columbia Pictures

Is that Owen Wilson? No is that Owen Wilson? A double act? No… let me check the DVD case… ah! Brothers! It was a confusion at the start of the film when two guys with a similar looking face appeared on-screen but after a quick sanity check with the DVD everything made sense. That was the start of Bottle Rocket for me.

It got my imagination running though. Pretending to be bog shots a bunch of guys rob a library then go on the run. It’s told in the usual Wes Anderson dry humour and it is as interesting to watch as all the other films I’ve seen by him. After a set up and robbery a chunk of the film is set at a motel before polishing up for a finale at a warehouse. Not much happens in the story, it feels like the idea of the three is stretched as much as possible; for example the romance plot at the motel goes on a little too long bearing little conclusion to the end of the film but it is never boring. A dislike or misunderstanding on the humour won’t present much fun for some though, I know my Mum walked to and for while I was watching thinking it was a serious story. Careful now.

The strength of the film is the interactions and relationship between the three main characters. They way they look, the way they dress, small details and quirks make real characters which leave much more of an impression than most films do.  Owen Wilson in particular  plays a type of character I know all too well in real life, full of lies and pushing people into trouble with his pushy personality and he is the device in the film which moves everything. He wants to be in a gang to change the peaceful life style but in reality they are just playing around. That is until the final act which leads to some hilarious gang thieving attempt. The excellent cast of awkward characters really make it a memorable watch though and while the gang story gets a little pushed aside for some mid movie romance, Bottle Rocket is another great Anderson film.


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