Thursday, December 3, 2009

Holiday Movie Reviews Part Two, Fantastic Mr. Fox

The latest from Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore) is based on the book by Roald Dahl and as such seems a perfect fit for the enigmatic writer/director.  The movie is clearly in the style of Anderson and feels as much like an Anderson film as Tenenbaums, Rushmore, Life Aquatic, and Darjeeling Limited, but unlike those films, this is a kid's movie, with completely evokes the world created by Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach).  Truly this material is a perfect match for Anderson and it is an outstanding kid's movie that will please the adults as much as it will excite and enrapture the imagination of the kids.

The stop-motion animation is the best that I have ever seen.  It is ultra realistic, and the puppets of the animals is so fantastic you literally feel as if you could reach up to the screen and feel the fur of the characters.

The voice acting is all fantastic, featuring George Clooney, Meryl Streep, and Anderson regulars Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray, while some of the voices are unmistakable due to the noteriaty of those voicing them, the animation and story are so strong it is never distracting.

Another thing that really stood out for this film was it's fantastic score and use of music.  Alexandre Desplat (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Twilight Series: New Moon) does an outstanding job with the original music and Anderson's choices for the other songs used in the movie are spot on.

I also really loved the themes explored in this movie, whether we are able to rise above are baser instincts and become more than simply the animals that we are.  Great stuff.

This is truly an outstanding film for the whole family, fun, funny, and not as scary as the best family film this year so far (Caroline).  This has been a great year for kid's movies that will appeal to adults as well, and Fantastic Mr. Fox is right there with Caroline and Up and way better than the still good A Christmas Carol and Monsters VS. Aliens.

Until Next Time, I'm still working on my review for The Road as I want my review to do the film justice.  I'll try to get it up soon, but Finals and Papers might keep me from getting to it as soon as I'd like!

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