Fantastic Mr. Fox

A delightful, light-hearted adaptation from Wes Anderson on the well known Roald Dahl children’s novel. The film has a quantity of subtle details which brings the charm we have come to expect from Anderson movies, and Bill Murray! The cast is arguably the best of any film ever made – with George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, and Brian Cox, as well as the unusual inclusions of Jarvis Cocker, chef Mario Batali, and Steven M. Rales (the 118th richest person in the world). The film brings everything you’d expect from a Wes Anderson feature and more.

The film centres around the Fantastic Mr. Fox (Clooney) a retired bird thief and now local newspaper writer, who pushes his luck by stealing food and cider from three nearby farmers (Boggis, Bunce & Bean). The farmers of rural Buckinghamshire, obviously unhappy with Mr. Fox then conspire to hunt him and his family.

The characters are interesting in of themselves; as Dahl has created a community of foxes, opossums, beavers, badgers, rabbits.. and rats. Despite primarily being for children, the film like many similar films manages to cater to a wider demographic through the level of sophistication in the humour, a great deal of personification of the animals and the fantastic set design.

My penultimate Anderson film before experiencing his whole filmography, it is difficult to compare a film like Fantastic Mr. Fox with the rest of his work. That’s not to discredit the film but to compliment Anderson for his step into uncharted territory, while continuing to imprint his trademark style on his films. Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of the rare films that I could genuinely recommend to anyone no matter their age, whether they have children or not, or are previously familiar with Roald Dahl or the story.

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