lia’s review published on Letterboxd:
part of my 16x4 — Directors' list;
Who am I, Kylie? Why a fox? Why not a horse, a beetle or a bald eagle? I’m saying this more as like, existentialism, you know? And how can a fox ever be happy without a chicken in its teeth?
This is my fourth Roald Dahl's story I've watched (Matilda, Esio Trot & Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) even though I've never read any of his books—which is a new goal for 2020.
The cast for this movie is incredibly well-picked, even for someone who doesn't really like George Clooney as an actor. Meryl Streep did a fantastic job, Willem Dafoe is always a bless and, as a britpop 90s girl, I was so happy to see Jarvis Cocker performing.
Cute story, perfectly directed — Wes Anderson, what more can you say? —, amazing soundtrack (with two Beach Boys' songs right at the beginning???) and outstanding performances. It's so cool that Wes experimented stop-motion, because honestly I can't see a better director trying to do this and being so successful as he was here.
Dahl and Wes show in a very sofisticated way how these characters manage to be as human as they can, but at the end of the day, they're only wild animals. And frankly, I don't see much of a difference from humans. That's a pretty good lesson about how to embrace our own natures and be exactly who we are.