Wes Anderson's movies have entertained and enchanted audiences for more than a decade now, offering a singular and yet strangely universal point of view time and again about oddballs and outsiders who simply want their creativity to connect with others. This week, Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox arrives in theaters (in limited release), and while we've already fallen in love with the his latest work (thanks in no small part to his particularly fertile adaptation of author Roald Dahl's source material), it seemed appropriate to go back and revisit his first film, the oft-forgotten Bottle Rocket, to remind ourselves where the writer-director started, if not where our love affair with his work began.
As longtime fans of the filmmaker (I remember reviewing this in 1996 when it was first released, and later declared his follow-up, Rushmore, one of my all-time favorites), this is one of his only movies I haven't seen what seems like a hundred times. Thankfully, Criterion's stunning Blu-ray, released late last year, not only offer the best-ever presentation of the film, but a bounty of extras to add context to Anderson's indefatigable creativity. But as for the movie itself?