Friday, November 27, 2009

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Movie name: Fantastic Mr. Fox
Year of release: 2009
Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wallace Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 9

Synopsis:Wes Anderson's new film, following "The Darjeeling Limited" is quite possibly one of his best thus far. Adapting a novel from Roald Dahl (who also wrote "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" amongst others), "Fantastic Mr. Fox" is on the surface, a story of animals from a field versus the humans who want to destroy them at all costs, but in reality deals with the dynamics of family, friendship and love. Mr Fox is a clever fox who decides to retire after his partner, Mrs. Fox informs him that she's pregnant. Mr Fox decides to buy a house in a tree and in the following years their cub grows and their lives are peaceful and quiet. However Mr. Fox feels trapped in his job and starts robbing chickens and cider from the nearby farms, angering the owners who decide to wreak havoc in the pursuit of the cunning fox and his family and friends. The film made with the traditional "stop-motion" technique, wins you over with the fable of the family unit and the extended friends of the central couple. Mr. Fox is the father figure not wanting to lose his ways, not wanting to settle for a life that will sedate and make him invisible for everyone. Mrs. Fox is the wiser voice, who sees that everyone has to grow and come to terms with their own individuality. Visually the film is beautiful and the attention to details and the sheer design of the characters is fantastic. There's humor, an intelligent script, a fantastic voice work from all the actors. A superb film!