Fantastic Mr. Fox
December 2, 2009
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Once again, Wes Anderson creates a film that lives in its own universe. Few directors in Hollywood today can do that. Burton, Gilliam, Kaufman. All take a simple script and explore it, making a film more of a safari than a film.
The Fantastic Mr. Fox is about, obviously, Mr. Fox (voiced by George Clooney) who promised his wife (voiced by Meryl Streep) to never go hunting for food again. Fast forward and now the couple has a son named Ash. He fights to earn his father’s respect despite frequently failing. One night, Mr. Fox craves one more score, just one more adventure that he plans with his super. He decides to steal from the 3 wealthy factories across the way. Aggravated, the factories decide to track down Mr. Fox and make him pay.
What unfolds is their revenge and the animals banding together in the face of extermination. With a vocal cast to die for (Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Adrian Brody in a small role as a mouse) and a whimsical feeling throughout, you find yourself enchanted. The stop-motion animation feels much more fluid than one would expect. The humor is dry but rewarding to those you catch it. As soon as it was over, I wanted to watch it again. Definitely a great film, especially how they censor their profanity. 4 out of 5 stars