Fantastic Mr. Fox: A (very brief!) Movie Review

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So, I had intentions of seeing Fantastic Mr. Fox at the Moonlight Cinema – had my tickets booked and paid for, picnic packed – and then it rained. Four weeks later, I have finally managed to see one of my highly anticipated films of 2009, albeit a little too late!

Fantastic Mr Fox is obviously a film adaptation of the Roald Dahl’s much beloved book of the same title. The director Wes Anderson, with the help of his brother Eric, used Dahl’s characters from the book and gave them life through personalised wardrobes, celebrity voices (including Meryl Streep, George Clooney and Bill Murray) and stop-motion animation. The result is beautiful, quirky and incredibly cool.  You can see some of the masses of detail that must have been out into the creation of each character here.

The plot centers around Mr. Fox and his family, and their battle with three bully farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean. There are a couple of very close calls for Mr. Fox, as well as an upsetting kidnapping, but with the smarts of his friends and family Mr. Fox manages to come out on top, quite literally.

This is one of those children’s movies that’s not really just for children. Yes, it is based on a novel aimed at kids, but there are jokes that will be picked up by teens and adults that smaller children will miss entirely. There really is something in it for everyone. But be quick: considering there’s currently only one screening of this film at most major cinemas on the Coast, this lovely film won’t be around on the big screen for too much longer.

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One Response to “Fantastic Mr. Fox: A (very brief!) Movie Review”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    It’s such a fab movie! But now I’m thinking the book looks pretty good too!

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