November 29th, 2009

cinema

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Sheer delight. Don't bother reading the review. Just go see it. Then buy the DVD to pick up all the little in-jokes.

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George Clooney voices Mr. Fox, a suave and sneaky chicken-stealer who attempts to go straight. (He becomes a journalist -- dunno how straight that actually is.) Meryl Streep is his wife, who plays the usual female role of trying to tame the bad boy for the sake of the cub. (No, the movie doesn't pass the Bechdel test.) At least Felicity Fox has a talent -- she's a stormy-landscape painter, and I would hang any of her pictures on my wall. Their cub is small and poorly coordinated, especially when compared with his karate-black-belt cousin, and he desperately wants to earn his father's approval.

They go up against Boggis, Bunce, and Bean, a trio of grotesque local farmers. It's a classic battle of animal cunning versus superior firepower.

Core story by Roald Dahl, adapted and directed by Wes Anderson, production design by Nelson Lowry, who deserves an Oscar for the gorgeous look of the thing. The soundtrack was witty and effective, with original music by Alexandre Desplat and songs from The Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys.