☆ Sophie ☆’s review published on Letterboxd:
I am continuing the 'Wes Anderson Binge' with his first-ever film. 'Bottle Rocket' took a while for me to get used to despite its short runtime. It didn't quite have the classic "Wes Style," however, it is his first film, you can tell he's establishing his style and still figuring it out. I've never understood the hate for Owen Wilson. I've always found him very funny and enjoyable to watch as an actor. The Wilson Brothers play very different characters that are 'friends' in this film, and it is fun to see them banter from time to time. With that being said, I really wanted to love this, but it falls short in many aspects and does not live up to his newer works.
Owen and Luke Wilson play their roles with some charisma and are relatively entertaining, but the writing itself was kind of boring to me. The humor was subtle, but overall lacking. I laughed here and there, but it wasn't very often. And besides that, the plot is felt empty. Not a lot happens until the last 10 minutes, which are arguably the most exciting part of the film. The enjoyment of this film depends on if you like the dialogue. For me, it kept me uninterested most of the time except the occasional peak moments of humor and the charisma from the actors. Spiced throughout the film, you notice Anderson's beginnings of his style from his music choices, some of his camera choices, amongst other things which was nice to see as a fan of some of his movies. Overall, I'd consider this film a small disappointment, but I can't say I full-on loved it, it was an oddly relaxing film to watch, maybe due to its simplicity even if it is much too simple. 'Bottle Rocket' is not the best Wes film, as it's probably my least favorite thus far.
P.S. I watching started this film with my sister, but she hated it so much, she walked out of my room within the first 30 minutes #yikes