Sunday, November 29, 2009
Thanks, Mr. Anderson for the Fantastic "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
My groovy girlfriend took me to see a terrific movie today: FANTASTIC MR. FOX!
Man, was I in the mood for this film. The vocal talents, by Wes Anderson's regulars (Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray) and George Clooney, who, for once, I dug in this movie. I loved the film's look and energy, simple character designs, herky-jerky stop-motion animation (like CORALINE back in Feb.), a refreshing antidote to the godawful, hackneyed, crappy looking CG overkill out there (yes, PLANET 51, I'm thinking of you, you cuss!). In general, I'm a big fan of Anderson's movies, particularly RUSHMORE and THE LIFE AQUATIC. The quality is consistent with those films, as is his favorite theme, the dysfunctional piecemeal family. He even gives us that compartmentalized, split level view of all the characters, as he did in LIFE AQUATIC (in which his stop-motion seed was planted).
I'll be honest, I can barely get motivated to see Pixar films -- and those are probably the best of the lot. Even the much revered WALL-E, which I kind of enjoyed, lost me by its second hour. And why would I want to see a film about a restaurant rat in Paris? (RATATOUILLE). Gee, whiz, when someone uses CG to do a real HOWARD THE DUCK movie, perhaps I'll go. But for now, keep the creative animated films coming. Stuff like FANTASTIC MR. FOX!
Thanks, Mr. Anderson!