quartz.’s review published on Letterboxd:
I first saw this film in theatres when I was 8 years old.
I wasn't able to pinpoint it then but something about it really affected me personally, and it (along with Where the Wild Things Are) was one of the films I saw in my childhood really stuck with me.
Now having seen the film some 6-ish times I think I can find it.
Before the poetry and songwriting, the filmmaking and film watching, the makeup and nail polish I was consistently craving one thing, validation.
I was never good with sports or school or socialization or comedy, but I tried my hardest with all of them. I hadn't found who I was and all I wanted until I could was the validation of everyone else. Fantastic Mr. Fox was the first time I could feel like someone else felt that.
Fantastic Mr. Fox is a superbly made study of validation and solidarity and it's hard to say I would be where I am now without it.
Thank you, Wes.