Monday, June 06, 2005

5 reasons why Bottle Rocket is the best Wes Anderson movie
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5. Retains the Wes Anderson style without the budget.
All of Wes Anderson’s films following Bottle Rocket used elaborate and outdated sets and clothes. This touch makes all of Wes Anderson’s films have the feal that they take place in no real distinct time period, as they could feasibly set in about 3 different decades. This has always been a strong point in Wes’ filmmaking as it makes his movies timeless, there is no topical nature or references to modern culture that make them as dead as every other comedy that has come out in the last few years. Bottle Rocket it also contains this timelessness but it does so on a considerably smaller budget, so although there are no old-school addidas jogging suits or Jacque Cousteau gadgets, there is still that quirky sense of being separate from a distinct time period. The funny smaller-scale props and messages in Rushmore and Royal Tenenbaums are also present in Bottle Rocket (espcially Dignan's notebook). On a side note, I think Wes’ cinematography is at the top of its game in Bottle Rocket


4. Kumar
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The shot of the freezer door opening with Kumar inside shivering: classic
Kumar: Man, I blew it. I blew it, man.
Anthony: Kumar, what were you doing in the freezer?
Kumar: I don't know, man, I lose my touch, man.
Dignan: Did you ever have a touch to lose, man?


3. The best written script

I think it is easy to say that Owen Wilson is a talented writer, and this is the most well conceived and one of the best plots. Both robbery scenes (of the bookstore and the cold storage plant), are ironically also some of the most compelling and frantic of their kind. The characters are extremely well rounded and have different traits that conflict and make for hilarious arguments. Although it could be seen a bad characteristic of the movie that the three main characters are always talking at once, I think it ad’s to their characters and makes it more fluid and less scripted.


2. More touching than Life Aquatic (and just as well acted)
Life Aquatic has some of the more deeper moments in all of wes’ movies, but the energy and vitality by both Wilson brothers in Bottle Rocket makes for some really great scenes, there are three that come to mind for me. I thought the whole scene where Anthony calls Inez back and says “I heard your in love with me”, and she says yes, and then Anthony is happy and dancing around at that party is great. I also felt that the last scene, where Dignan comes up with this elaborate escape plan to get out of jail and you feel its just a huge comedy bit up until Dignan shows that he was joking, and this feeling of pathetic and sad feeling just drops in as Dignan looks back at them in slow motion. Finally, the scene where Dignan runs back in to the cold storage plant to save Applejack and than gets arrested was great.

Dignan: I won’t get caught
Anthony: why do you think that?
Dignan: Because I’m fucking innocent


1. Dignan

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Dignan is by far the best character in all of Anderson’s movie. He is the best written and best acted (only rivaled by Bill Murray’s performances in Rushmore and Life Aquatic). Owen acted the part very convincingly and with lots of energy that made the character believable, and this was also his breakout role, so we don’t see any of the conceited Hollywood-critic’s-choice-star-awesome-great-all-around-everybody-loves-him-zoolander-ben-stiller-boyfriend he unfortunately became.

“On the run from Johnny Law... ain't no trip to Cleveland.”

“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? …hang gliding… come on!”

“What a lemon! One minute it's running like a top, and the next it's broken down on the side of the road. And I can't fix a car like this, because I don't have the tools! And even if I did have the tools I don't know if I could fix a car like this!”

“Son of a bitch! Anthony! Anthony! Bob's gone. He stole his car!”

Dignan: A bigger bag you idiot!
Book Store Manager: Don't call me an idiot, you punk!
Dignan: Do you have a bigger bag for like maps and atlases... sir?

Dignan: Why are you here right now? You're always at lunch at this time!
Workers: Not always.
Dignan: Yes! Always!

“Isn't it funny how you used to be in the nut house and now I'm in jail?”

5 Comments:

Blogger DCOY said...

good to see you back man(nh). i changed sites from only turkey have left wings to this one. I'll put your link up there too.

http://theusualshit.blogspot.com/

11:58 PM  
Blogger DCOY said...

oh yeah, i like Rushmore personally.

11:59 PM  
Blogger flyno20 said...

I've explained this before...

Rushmore > Bottle Rocket > Life Aquatic > Royal Tenenbaums

12:54 AM  
Blogger John Servo said...

dude you are wrong

Bottle Rocket>Life Aquatic=Rushmore>>>>>>Royal Tenenbaums

c'mon, did you read the post?

6:42 PM  
Blogger Fitz said...

I think it's important to note that Wes Anderson only made 2 good movies, those being Rushmore and Bottle Rocket.

And Bottle Rocket is way better than Rushmore.

1:36 PM  

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