“Fantastic Mr. Fox” Dances to the Same Wes Tune - Lacking Fox like Bite

Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Animation and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 28 min.
Release Date: November 13th, 2009 (limited); November 25th (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for action, smoking and slang humor.
Distributors: Fox Searchlight

Director: Wes Anderson

JJ Rating: B

Mr. Fox (George Clooney) promises never to steal again because it endangers the family. Mrs. Fox (Meryl Streep) made him promise. Years later he breaks the promise and falls off the chicken wagon and goes to steal again and causes massive amounts of trouble that pisses off the wife as well as the humans he had stole from. Fantastic Mr. Fox.

I laughed because I love Wes Anderson’s humor. You can just tell when it’s one of his movies because of the style as well as the actors he chooses to be in his films. He has wit that I love to death. I have this timing thing. The story has to be paced right or a I grow bored and want to do other things. This is what happened with Fantastic Mr. Fox. I grew a little bored and started to play on my Sprint Hero. I think that it stretched out the story and added too much quirky to what is essentially just a children’s book. I think that Wes Anderson could be a great for other Roald Dahl books. He has similar quirk to work with.

I chose a scene to post as a picture that I thought was one of the best scenes in the entire film. I think Ash (Jason Schwartzman) was an amazing character and well done. He made me laugh. Schwartzman has great delivery. This scene had to do with sleeping arrangements and I loved it.

Stop animation distracts me. I stare at all the things that shouldn’t matter. I don’t know why, but it isn’t nearly as fascinating to me as it is to others. I don’t find it at all that appealing or that great. I understand what the process is and what someone has to do to make it work and I appreciate that, but not enough to go wow that’s really awesome. I might have a brain defect when it comes to liking this. I’ve learned to live with that.

Wes Anderson films can feel a bit highbrow and totally go over many people’s heads. His humor is only for a select few because few can actually appreciate what he’s trying to do and make funny (such as suicide in The Royal Tenenbaums). With children’s story he may have to learn to adapt a bit to that world so that it can translate better to more than just those that really like what he can do with actors, stories and looks of a film.

This is one of those times where I have a difficult time deciding between two grades. I want to give it a B+ but I’m not liking it as much as that. I am liking it, just not so much so as a B+ would indicate. B indicates I like it more than I disliked it but wished to have liked it more because the potential for me to do so was right there.

I like how Fantastic Mr. Fox shows what a grudge can do to people and what they prize as priceless. It eventually eats at you and makes you look foolish and you lose more than you bargained for.

If your child is not into silly things and likes more of a thinking funny then they’ll enjoy Fantastic Mr. Fox. Otherwise they’ll just grow tired and ask you why does the fox’s fur dance on his face in such a weird fashion. I’m sure those that like Wes Anderson (adults) will find this film far more entertaining than any child they have. I just found it to be a great Wes dance of wit and the like but it lacked the bite I was expecting. It was trying to be too foxy and I think it outfoxed itself out of an audience it could have had.

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