Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox ★★★★½

I can see a direct relation between Mr. Fox and Lester Burnham of American Beauty. I could practically hear Mr. Fox utter the words: “I feel like I’ve been in a coma for the past twenty years. And I’m just now waking up.” Fantastic Mr. Fox is intimately empathetic to the way in which ordinary human beings live their lives. Mr. Fox is tired of watching his life wither away in front of his eyes and has decided to, instead, burn the rest of his years out in a quick flare of bliss. He is experiencing the fear of growing older, losing the respect of his peers, and even true love has seemed to falter. Who hasn’t felt the absurdity of life? Fantastic Mr. Fox is a bit more optimistic than American Beauty, in that the former is willing to believe in the possibility of a rekindled spirit coming to terms and becoming elated within the constructs of a less than liberated existence.