Monday, December 7, 2009
Yesterday I had the pleasure of seeing Wes Anderson's new stop-motion animated film Fantastic Mr. Fox, adapted from Roald Dahl's classic children's novel. To my great surprise, in the movie, Mr. Fox works for The Gazette! Call it a shameless plug for the magazine; I have something in common with this suave and sneaky animal. "There's something kind of fantastic about that, isn't there?"
I cannot recommend this film enough. It is an adventure from start to end, complete with bandit hats, hunting beagle security, whistling, clicking and "the meanest, ugliest, nastiest farmers in the valley". In brief, the plot plays like this: Mr. Fox devises a master plan to save his family from attack by three evil farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Beans.
As if Wes Anderson's stellar cast (George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe), wonderful soundtrack, beautiful sets, warm colors, incredible attention to detail and witty script weren't enough to prove that he is a creative genius, he brilliantly replaces all profanity with the word "cuss". (Examples: What the cuss? Cluster cuss. Graffitied cuss.) Oh so silly and smart. Whether 5, 15 or 85, this movie will entertain everyone. Take your little brother, a friend or even your next door neighbor. I took my dad. He ate popcorn, I ate nachos. We giggled the entire time. Fantastic Mr. Fox really is fantastic. Watch the preview below!
Listening to "Street Fighting Man" by The Rolling Stones