Bottle Rocket is Wes Anderson’s first film and my personal favorite. Wes wrote the screenplay with Owen Wilson, who also stars as Dignan. Owen’s brothers, Luke and Andrew, also star in the film. It was a massive failure at the box office, but critics raved about its comedic timing and Martin Scorsese even put it into his Top 10 films of the 90’s list. Needless to say, Bottle Rocket launched Anderson’s career and is a cult classic today.
Luke Wilson plays Anthony and Owen Wilson plays Dignan, two best buds who have a knack for simple robberies. They bring their other friend, Bob, who is played by Robert Musgrave into the mix because he owns a car and a gun. Dignan has every step planned out for their lives and future robberies, but things don’t go exactly as planned, so they are forced to adapt.
Bottle Rocket is a wonderful introduction to a wonderful director. Wes immediately implemented his stylistic directing into Bottle Rocket and the Wilson brothers are simply unforgettable. The soundtrack by Mark Mothersbaugh is one of the best I’ve ever heard. Robert D. Yeoman served as the cinematographer, a common occurrence in Anderson’s films. They obviously have a fantastic chemistry and a clear vision when it comes to filming stuff. Bottle Rocket is an extremely fun ride to go on and you won’t be able to stop thinking about the ridiculous scenarios that these average men get into.