Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox ★★★★

“Why'd you take your shoes off?”
“So I don’t break your nose when I kick it.”

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Before we even started our Wes Anderson marathon, I had high expectations for this film. It just seemed so interesting with the unique stop motion, the great voice cast, and the already high ratings. This was definitely my most anticipated Wes Anderson film, so it was great to finally see it.

It was well worth the wait, as this movie is so much fun. The style is absolutely different than Anderson’s first few films, as you can actually tell where the humor is. Not only that, but the humor really works. I laughed several times during Fantastic Mr. Fox, and that’s exactly what it sets out to do. Not just one character is funny either, almost every character had hilarious aspects about them.

George Clooney as the voice of Mr. Fox is simply a perfect fit. I recognize that anyone else could’ve been the voice and it wouldn’t change the story. An actor can’t show their acting talent when they are simply a voice in a film. I get all that. But still, nobody else could do what Clooney did in this film. It simply fits perfectly. His voice sounds exactly like what this character should. I don’t really know how else to communicate this, but it was wonderful.

When you blend a compelling storyline with lots of humor that works, you’re set up well for a great film. Add in the stunning visuals and artwork for characters, settings, and details, your movie is now unique. As we continue to navigate through Wes Anderson’s filmography, Fantastic Mr. Fox, at the time of writing this, is easily his best work.

Rating: A-

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