Sunday, July 18, 2010

Fantastic Mr. Fox

A few weeks ago, this movie showed up in our mailbox. We watched it and sent it back. And within a few days, we owned it. We love it. Now normally, I am not a fan of animated movies. You wouldn't be far off if you said I hated them. Not the old classic movies that we watched growing up, but all the new crap that they're putting out these days. What I hate most about these movies are those supporting characters (you know the ones) that say all this stuff that is supposed to be funny but really is just annoying as hell. They're trying too hard. But this movie, Fantastic Mr. Fox, it's not like all the rest. It is enjoyable. And its funny. Subtly funny. And that's the best kind of funny.

First off, Wes Anderson directs it. It seems weird that Mr. Anderson would direct an animated movie but he did a terrific job. The voice actors (George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray) are perfect. And the more I watch it, the more it reminds me of the Royal Tenenbaums, and that makes me love it even more. If you aren't a fan of Wes Anderson movies, you have no idea what you're missing.

I've heard some bad reviews about this movie but I think those people just aren't Wes Anderson kind of people. And I really think a lot of the really hilarious parts of this movie go right over some people's heads. It'll do that if you're not paying attention. Plus some of the people who walk around saying negative things about it haven't ever really seen it and just made up their minds that they weren't going to like it.

Well we like it. Andrew is currently obsessed with it. And you will be too once you see it. So take a look at the trailer and then go rent it, buy it, whatever.

P.S. I should also mention that the Roald Dahl book this movie is based on is incredible as well. If, growing up, you somehow missed that (or any of his other books) I suggest picking it up. Its never too late to (re)introduce some Dahl into your life. I suggest reading his autobiography, Boy. It has some really hilarious tales to tell.

P.P.S. This film's soundtrack is phenomenal as well.

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