Bottle Rocket (Anderson, 1996)

Bottle Rocket, Wes Anderson’s beautifully eccentric debut feature, hints at the complex connections between family, mise-en-scene, and self-worth on display in Rushmore and The Royal Tennenbaums. Anderson’s career trajectory seems familiar; a young filmmaker who initially alludes to his artistic obsessions through witty banter and ironic scenarios, then shifts gears (as his budgets get bigger) toward a purely cinematic vision (in this case filled with texture, color, and unspoken subtext). Some twelve years later, the pragmatic, bare bones aesthetic on display in Bottle Rocket is refreshing, reminding why lush tapestries like The Life Aquatic or The Darjeeling Limited feel so cold on the inside. It’s worrisome that Anderson’s penchant for lavish visuals is overwhelming his characters’ potential to be human.

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2 thoughts on “Bottle Rocket (Anderson, 1996)

  1. Glenn

    Bangkok Film Festival starts next week…..I’m going to see the new Dardenne film Lorna’s Silence and Woody’s new one…Vicky. Festival kind of small this year.

    Oh and White Dog Criterion this december…….

    —See yah

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