Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox ★★★★½

So much more important and reassuring than I remembered. Hopeful and wry and self-critical and also just very very fun. The best example of how star power can offer such easy, immediate satisfaction for a viewer in terms of that familiarity - which happens, I think, so much quicker with animation/voice work. Jason Schwartzman steals it for me. Everything works perfectly and stays in your bones. 

Also, two scenes knocked the lights of out me visually - the confrontation between Mr and Mrs Fox in the cave with those twinkly rocks behind each of them when he has the epiphany about wild animals, and then the second confrontation between them on the bridge with that gloriously geometric rain when he has the epiphany about his own vanity/insecurity. My favourite quote I’ve revisited in a long time: 

“I think I have this thing where everyone has to think I’m the greatest. If they’re not knocked out and dazzled and slightly intimidated by me I don’t feel good about myself.”

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