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Fantastic Mr. Fox

Posted by martinteller on February 7, 2010

I love Wes Anderson, I love Roald Dahl (even though I never read this particular book) and I love George Clooney.  Why the cuss did I wait so cussing long to see this?  I swear I’m going to more first-run movies in 2010.  I was a little concerned about Anderson working in a different medium, but I needn’t have been concerned.  The idiosyncratic use of stop-motion animation suits him perfectly.  It is in every respect a Wes Anderson film.  The undercurrent of resigned melancholy, the wry humor, the attention to design detail, the perfect soundtrack choices.  It’s a hugely entertaining movie bursting with charm, and even a couple of touching moments.  Clooney fits into Anderson’s universe quite well.  I’d like to see them work together again.  My only complaint would be that there is something of a… disconnect between the voices and the onscreen characters.  I always was aware that I was watching “George Clooney as Mr. Fox” and “Meryl Streep as Mrs. Fox” rather than just “Mr. and Mrs. Fox”.  I’m not sure how this could be improved, but it’s not really a big deal.  It’s a shame, a real shame, that this movie will probably lose to Up in the animation category.  Can’t wait to see what Wes comes up with next.  He has yet to disappoint me.  Rating: 9


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