Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Fantastic Mr. Fox

I usually find Wes Anderson's movies a little hit and miss, his highbrow irony too contrived, his offbeat humor often not funny, but I think he finally found the perfect medium for his style: animation. The Fantastic Mr. Fox, based on the Roald Dahl book and voiced with great pizzazz by George Clooney, was a totally engrossing and satisfying movie. The action never lets down, the non-sequiturs work and the art is so detailed that only repeated viewings can do it justice. There's humor and heart and just enough quirkyness to make it enjoyable for adults and kids. And even as a fox, Meryl Streep steals the show (what the cuss, can this woman do no wrong?).

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