Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox ★★★★★


Much too often, films are judged as emotional for making one well up with sadness or grief inside, and films like La La Land, Edward Scissorhands, and Coco are films that definitely fit into this category; they definitely perpetuate emotional resonance, no doubt about it. But something one seems to forget is that the term "emotion" encapsulates many different things, not the least of which is sadness, but let's be honest: have we ever seen the term "emotional" used in the case of a happy film? Not in my experience. Which is why Fantastic Mr. Fox resonates with me the most. It's such a balanced identity, one packed with hilarity and ingenuity but also with heart. It brings many moral questions forth but isn't afraid to stabilize them with Wes Anderson's typical amusing dialogue and stylish cinematography, a decision that pays off in spades.

But going back to my initial point at hand, there are scenes that feel crafted with such mesmerizing purpose, such as Mr. Fox's and Felicity's conversation near the beginning of the third act. It's such a gut punch, but almost a light one, one that feels sorry for how hard it hit you and yet not sorry at all. Still, if kindness, sweetness, and charm were a movie, it would be this one. It's the kind of experience that fills you up with happiness and intoxicates you with it harder than a bottle of Bean's alcoholic cider. I will love this film with all of my heart until the day I die. It truly is my all-time favorite film. Perfection.

Forgive me for my rambling on but I'm sort of sick right now and this is my ultimate comfort movie. Fox dance parties set to "Let Her Dance" are always a 10/10.

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