Thursday, January 28, 2010

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Mr and Mrs Fox (Clooney & Streep) in a scene from the film.
(Note Mrs Fox's wonderful outfit!)

Okay, so downside to Wes Anderson making a children's film: putting up with annoying kids in the cinema who choose to talk throughout the viewing experience. Other than that, ahhh Anderson is pure brilliance. Despite it being a stop-motion animated film you still get the Wes Anderson style with its cute little outfits, quirky humour, the regulars (Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman) gorgeous colours and of course an awesome sixties inspired soundtrack.

The story follows Roald Dahl's beloved character, Mr. Fox (George Clooney), his family and the community of animals he lives with. When their stealing from the local farms gets discovered by the farmers, there is a war between animal and man. Jason Schwarzman as Ash (Mr. Fox's son) is really delightful in this film as the son who can't live up to his father and be an excellent athlete. Kylie, (Wallace Wolodarsky) Mr. Fox's sidekick also makes for the funny character in the film, providing laughs for the kids.

It really is an adorable little film from Wes Anderson and fans of the director will most likely feel pleased after seeing it. As for the kids, I'm not really sure. I went with my ten-year-old cousin, and although he sat and watched without saying much, he didn't really rave about it afterwards. I think it's more a film for the adults, and as one child put it two-thirds of the way into the film, "Mummy, I don't want to watch this movie anymore," I think it kind of proves that it's not an ideal film for kids.

Wes Anderson proved he can do just about anything with this film.

Rating: 4/5

1 comment:

  1. Hahaha "i dont want to watch this movie anymore". Thats awesome.
    I dug this too, really fun and pretty and at times pretty funny.
    The whole film had this 2D look to it, some shots looked like they were taken straight out of a picture book.
    Mmmmm, a pleasant movie.

    Im really enjoying reading your reviews!