Film Review 55: Fantastic Mr. Fox

It’s probably best to refrain from stepping out of the house in the middle of examination week but you know how I’m like; Always doing things contrary to what I ought to. Well, what matters is that I had a good day out and I shall review the movie I watched today.

Mr Fox is just an ordinary wild animal with the desire to kill/steal poultry. What make him special are his fantastic, though hazardous, ideas. He might not be the wisest person, (his wife is), but he knows his doings and dares to venture out on path less traveled. Mr Fox steals from the meanest man on the planet right under his nose. From a human’s point of view Mr Fox is an enemy. However, the story is told from Mr Fox’s perspective and it’s hard not to fall for his courage and brilliance. As the central character, he can keep audiences’ attention on him as long as he wants ’cause it’s intresting to see what he is going to do next. He is such a charming and admirable character.

I went into the cinema knowing nothing about Fantastic Mr Fox except that it is adapted from Roald Dahl’s book. Having read few of his works, I trusted that it would be alright. Where I live, there isn’t much publication on this film and it doesn’t seem popular except among young readers. In the cinema, 80% of the audiences were children and a father fell asleep, snoring halfway into the movie. Lol.
It wasn’t until the end of the film, as the credit rolls, I realised the list of famous names working for this production such as notable director Wes Anderson (The Darjeeling Limited), actors George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Owen Wilson, William Dafoe, etc. All in all, my faith in Roald Dahl did not disappoint me. :)

Fantastic Mr Fox is a fresh animation with original storyline and witty sense of humour. As Wes Anderson’s first take on animated film, this movie isn’t a visual treat. Nonetheless it is an awesome attempt. Cheers to fantastic Mr Anderson!

Mel says: 8/10

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