Starring: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Michael Gambon
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Written By: Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 1 hr 27 min
I think you either ‘get’ Wes Anderson movies or you don’t. By ‘get’, I mean a connection. It’s maybe the unique way they are shot. Often square to the subject occasionally moving in a single direction. Or it’s the detail crammed into every scene. It could be the no-nonsense dialog and the impeccable comic timing, or all the above. What ever it is – you ‘get’ it, and love Wes Anderson films. Or you don’t, and you can’t stand them. It’s not a measure of intelligence. You either do or you don’t. Happily for me, I ‘get’ his movies. They click, and that makes me happy! 🙂
The Fantastic Mr. Fox is no exception. The stop-motion animation is superb, and really suits Wes Anderson’s story telling style. The whole production is so bloody charming! Mr. Fox can’t seem to control his basic animal instincts, and repeatedly (despite Mrs Fox’s objections) snatches livestock from three neighboring farms. This then leads to a retaliatory strike by the farmers. Retaliation leads to escalation as the Fox family and their many friends escape the farmers and try to help themselves to everything the farmers have!
It all moves along at a great pace, and the script is sharp, surprising and always funny. I do however think this is going to appeal to big kids more.
If you remember the book by Roald Dahl, be warned the movie adds to the story. If you ‘get’ Wes Anderson’s work then you’re likely going to enjoy this too. The darker tone and humor in this story may not appeal to younger kids.
It is a visual treat, so a HD showing at home with the family could be fun.
Best element for me:
I loved the scenes with Mr. Fox’s son, Ash (Jason Schwartzman.) A great character, trying to find his way out from under his fantastic father’s shadow. He just gets the funniest dialog.
Ash: You’re supposed to be *my* lab partner.
Agnes: I am!
Ash: No you’re not. You’re disloyal.