Writers: Roald Dahl (novel), Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach (screenplay)
Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson (all voice)
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Originally posted on November 6th, 2009
Let’s get the obvious pun out of the way, and then we can all pretend it didn’t happen and that I am significantly cleverer than such a simple sentence would imply. FANTASTIC MR. FOX is fantastic! I feel better now that I’ve said that.
Like the other recent based-on-a-classic-kids’-book film adaptation WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, FANTASTIC MR. FOX is not necessarily meant for the little kiddies. But unlike WILD THINGS, its audience (adults and kids alike) will not walk of the film under a dark cloud of existential sadness (that wasn’t just me, right?). This is not to say that the film does not tackle some big issues, because it certainly does. Our fantastic Mr. Fox brings destruction and almost imminent death to those nearest and dearest to him. And he does it all out of a misguided desire to appear cool and hip, to court the danger he thinks that, as a fox, he should always be embroiled in. But, along the way, there is no shortage of belly laughs, dance numbers, plucky music, and real heart. (more…)