Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox ★★★★

If you haven't noticed from my favorites, I tend to like really colorful, bright, and sometimes fun movies, with a bit of meaning behind it. That's the kind of person I am. So along rolls Fantastic Mr. Fox and I think "ho Boi, ready to update my favorites list."

Why wouldn't it? It's got tons of wit, style, skill, and meat to it. What Wes Anderson movie doesn't? This movie just doesn't quite connect with me, and I have to stop and wonder why. 

The message is (spoilers for meaning though not pot) that we're all wild animals, supposedly with no purpose and no end goal. But even though we often can't be exactly what we want to be, and often run from who we are, at the end of the day it's not so bad being a wild animal. We're all unique in some way, even if it's not the way we want to be. 

This film is nearly the antithesis in philosophy to Whiplash (my favorite movie). In whiplash, Neiman has a calling and a path, but although it's calling him, he must rise to it any means possible. In Fantastic Mr Fox, we have no purpose and no calling, rather we live life for the friendships and family we have now. Two completely different thought processes, and perhaps the reason this film, while perfect in execution, just doesn't resonate with my heart. (I still really like the movie don't hate me Pools)


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