Friday again! Where does the time go? I hope you all had a fabulous week and I’ve got a cussing awesome movie for you to enjoy tonight and kick off your weekend. I know I did a poll and everyone wanted more horror movies but I had a couple comments during last week’s Friday Night Movie Recommendation for Proxy from people who weren’t the scary movie type so I decided to pick a movie this week that everyone should like. Add to that, the main characters are foxes and you have a recipe for success.
Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of my all time favourites. It’s no small feat to create a stop motion movie and have the audience emotionally invested in the outcome of the characters (one notable example would be Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – I love Herbie). These characters are beautifully crafted and the set work is impeccable in creating a world all it’s own.
This adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1970 children’s book of the same name focuses on Mr. Fox as he goes through a mid life crisis and wants to go back to his days as a chicken thief. Unfortunately for Mr. Fox, this starts an all-out war with the local farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, who make it their mission to kill him and all the other wildlife nearby for that matter.
I know that everyone seems to be on a Wes Anderson craze right now, especially after The Grand Budapest Hotel’s huge success last year, but I have to say that, although I do really like his movies, I don’t generally think that they’re all that and then some. It actually bothers me that some people seem to like him because it’s “the thing to do” at the moment. I feel like Anderson might also think a little too highly of himself and that arrogance comes across in some of his movies. Don’t get me wrong, I do really enjoy his work, particularly his earlier work (Fantastic Mr. Fox being my favourite), I’m just not as crazy about him as everyone else seems to be.
The humour in Fantastic Mr. Fox is very typical of Wes Anderson and it’s obvious that he’s at the helm here but I preferred it to his other work because of it’s fresh style and it’s interesting take on an adult version of a children’s story. I loved all the in jokes and the innuendos. The cussing gag was one of my favourite parts of the movie. The characters will replace all the curse words that would have been used in a regular script with the word cuss, so we have lines like, “Are you cussing with me?” and, “This is going to be a total clustercuss for everybody.” I really enjoyed this sense of humour and, though children can watch it, it’s definitely geared more towards adults.
Another great aspect of this film was the voice actors involved. They really came together to create a real community in these characters. That being said, you can’t really go wrong with a cast that includes Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Brian Cox, Jason Schwartzman, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe and Adrien Brody, to name a few.
Fantastic Mr. Fox’s clever wit, beautifully designed characters and amazing cast is definitely the kind of fun, feel good movie that you want to be watching tonight. There are even some significant emotional moments that you can take away from, most notably being the wolf scene (it gets me every time). Give it a watch and let me know your thoughts.
Here’s the trailer:
And here’s the whole movie (I still find it crazy that whole movies are on YouTube):