Thursday, February 25, 2021

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

 ... you can learn from:

Bottle Rocket (1996)

Anthony: One morning, over at Elizabeth's beach house, she asked me if I'd rather go water-skiing or lay out. And I realized that not only did I not want to answer THAT question, but I never wanted to answer another water-sports question, or see any of these people again for the rest of my life.

A happy 25 to the birth of Wes Anderson! I don't mean the director's actual birthday -- dude is not 25 -- I mean the birth of "Wes Anderson" as a filmmaker, a brand unto himself. Bottle Rocket came out on this day in 1996, and Wes was pretty well self-branded right out the gate with Bottle Rocket -- sure it's a little looser, sloppier, than the arch dioramas he makes now, but I still think you go back and you look at Bottle Rocket you can tell it's a Wes Anderson movie. And it's not just the Wilson Brothers. Do y'all like Bottle Rocket? I do very much, but I also recognize it as a starting point -- I think his films have gotten richer with age and, weirdly, with more artifice. 


Shawny said...

He’s always left me a little cold. Is it a smug entitlement that I’m reading into his films? I don’t know. He has a tone or something that is off-putting to me. But I’ve only seen a few of them. Hated Rushmore. Was okay with The Tannenbaums. I enjoyed The Grand Budapest Hotel. Wanted to like the Fantastic Fox cartoon, but got bored with it. Moonrise Kingdom is on my list to see at some point. At best, he has a very cool aesthetic signature, like Almodovar, but to me his films lack the zest of Almodovar’s films.

Anonymous said...

I can’t get through it. I tried multiple times but always turn it off. It just lacks that Anderson panache that I love so much.