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Bottle Rocket

Bottle Rocket (1996)
Director: Wes Anderson
Writers: Owen Wilson, Wes Anderson
Cast: Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Ned Dowd
Genre: Comedy, Crime-Caper

Three eccentric friends decided to pull of the perfect robbery, but something goes wrong.

I liked it... and that says a lot as I've found Wes Anderson films to be a challenge for me. I'm guessing as this was his first feature film that explains why it wasn't as ecliptic as his later ones. Actually it was the most straight forward film I've seen from Wes.

I instantly warmed up to the actors, I'm not familiar with Luke Anderson's work but I liked him here, he was laid back and easy to relate to. I don't know if you guys felt this way, but it was like he was our guide into the movie. I liked the other actors too: Owen Wilson, Ned Dowd, great cast.

I gravitated to the instead stuff too. By that I mean I liked the personality of the characters...and who they were, and especially how they viewed the world and each other. The story of the robbery was secondary for me...."The X is Anthony. Bob, you're the zero out here in the car." I love that line, the characters are so richly fleshed out that I don't even care what they do, I just like spending time with them.

I'm a sucker for a romance story and thought Inez (Lumi Cavazos) was pretty special in the film. She reminded me of a Hispanic Marcia Brady, no kidding. I was rooting all the way for her and Anthony to get together and find true love!

The way this was filmed, especially the lighting and composition was pretty great. And indeed it did look like a Wes Anderson film. Bottle Rocket, cool name for a movie too.