Movie Review : The Fantastic Mr Fox

I saw a preview of this movie on TV and don’t know if it was aired in the cinemas here. I knew that this was a book by one of my favourite authors, Roald Dahl. I love Roald Dahl’s books – be it children’s book or his short stories for adults. I love his style of writing and his sense of eccentricity.

Fantastic Mr Fox is one of the many great works of Roald Dahl that came to life in this stop-motion animated movie. Directed by Wes Anderson, it starred the voice of George Clooney as Mr Fox and Meryl Streep as Mrs Fox.

The other famous celebrities that gave their voices to these characters include Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe and many others.

Honestly, I have never read the book yet, so unsure hw much of that was adapted into this movie. However, I can tell you that this movie is indeed “FANTASTIC”.

In summary, the plot evolves around a Mr Fox (who’s a fox, duh!) who was forced to give up his bird stealing days when his wife got pregnant. After his kid was born, they moved into a new tree that they purchased which overlooks 3 human farmers’ estates.

One day, Mr Fox couldn’t deny his animal instincts any longer, started a Master Plan and schemed to steal from the 3 farmers. The farmers, angered by Mr Fox’s cunning theft set out to kill Mr Fox. It turned into an ugly battle between the human farmers and the refugee animals who were forced to hide from the farmers.

What I love about the screenwriting is the fact that they probably did not go very far from the styles in Roald Dahl’s book. There were several scenes that were just baffling, random and give me “WTF moments”, there were also some very good story-telling. Undeniably, these descriptive narration at times reminds me of Roald Dahl’s famous writing styles.

Look out for some of them such as the children’s rhyme about the mean farmers, Badger’s description of each of the human farmers, etc.

I have watched it twice in the last week. Everytime, I still laugh at the same scenes. I applaud Wes Anderson for this production and how he stayed true to the characters and style of Roald Dahl’s story-telling.

I persuaded Geoff to watch it after I saw it the first time and he agreed with me that it was a good movie. Those oh-so-random, “WTF? moments” are great humour. Watch it and you’ll love it. Just a light movie to watch and enjoy to the fullest!

I rate it a 4.5 out of 5 stars!!!

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