Film Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Directed by Wes Anderson and based on Roald Dahl‘s children’s novel, an urban fox (voiced by George Clooney) and his wife (Meryl Streep) who live in an idyllic home life with their son Ash (Jason Schwartzman) and visiting young nephew Kristopherson (Eric Anderson). But Mr. Fox can’t resist returning to his farm-raiding ways and must help his animal community survive when the farmers – Boggis (Robin Hurlstone), Bunce (Hugo Guinness) and Bean (Michael Gambon) – are forced to retaliate.

Rating:

One of my favourite Wes Anderson films is Fantastic Mr. Fox, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2009. As one of Anderson’s most recent pieces of work, it was hard to guess whether his style of film-making was going to work as well as a stop-motion animation, but we obviously should never have doubted.

With a brilliant voice cast, including many of Anderson’s regulars, this really is a fantastic film. George Clooney voices the lead fox and adds a huge charm to his character with his cheeky wit, whilst Meryl Streep adds a pinch of class as his wife.

The dialogue is comical, the characters are individually brilliant, the soundtrack really compliments the film’s visual style, and the animation itself is stunning. Most of all, Anderson pays such close attention to detail that he has created a film with very little flaws, if any at all.

About Charlie Morris

Proofreader and film blogger living in Cornwall.

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