Bite Size Review: Fantastic Mr Fox
This is a gem of a film. Almost too funny in parts, director Wes Anderson has created a believable world of suit wearing badgers and beavers, all the while doing justice to the dark side of Roald Dahl’s children’s books.
The smooth toned George Clooney is Mr Fox, a chicken thief who once lived for the rush of stealing chickens. Following a heist that almost got him and his wife (Meryl Streep) caught, he has become a newspaper columnist, and they live a quiet life in a hole with their adolescent son, Ash (Jason Schwartzman). But it’s not enough for Mr Fox, who longs for the thrill of the steal. He masterminds a plan to break into each of the farms of Boggis, Bunce and Bean and in doing so, drags the animal community into grim danger which calls on all their natural wiliness to escape.
The stop-motion puppetry is hilarious in itself, with the puppets’ movements wonderfully reminiscent of things you used to watch as a child. The screenplay is tremendously snappy – 87 breezy minutes of crackling, laden, witty dialogue.
SEE IT. And by the way, the trailer does not do it justice. But here it is anyway.