Nick Spaine’s review published on Letterboxd:
“You should probably put your bandit hat on now. Personally, I don't have one, but I modified this tube sock.”
Fantastic Mr. Fox was probably most second most anticipated Wes Anderson film before starting his filmography. After watching The Darjeeling Limited (review HERE) getting my faith restored, I was even more excited to go into easily Anderson’s first “big” film. The voice cast was in this movie was great. The obvious stand out for me was George Clooney as Mr. Fox. This is Clooney’s first time working with Anderson in a movie and he’s a refreshing new face (or voice in this case). Clooney shines in this role as I feel like the character is perfectly fits to his voice. Just the way he speaks made it a perfect fit and in my mind, someone who is irreplaceable in this movie. Jason Schwartzman as Ash was also great too, some movies in which an adult voice acts a child the voice seems out of place. Not here, Schwartzman nails this character right on the head as well. It was also great to hear from Owen Wilson, Williem Dafoe, Meryl Streep and Michael Gambon.
This was Anderson’s first films of this nature and I think the way it was made was great. The animation style was beautiful in its own unique way by being a stop animation style. This allowed for the characters to seem more realistic that normal animation styles. Unlike the Lion King live remake where we felt out of touch with the animals, in this they seemed more human as they had realistic facial expressions and human tendencies like standing/walking on two legs. The story was also extremely enjoyable and clever as well. The beginning half of this movie was amazing in the storytelling, it went down a little bit in the second half but it’s still great. There was also beautiful relationships that deal with real emotions. These include Mr. Fox and his son as he tried to prove to his dad he was worthy as well as Ash and Kristofferson as Ash felt a strong jealousy towards his nephew. This added that extra level onto that made it more than just a comedy. For the second straight movie, I have a new movie favorite Wes Anderson movie, will this trend continue? I hope so.
Overall Rating: A-