‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’
Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: George Clooney, Meryl Streep
Rating: PG
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“The Fantastic Mr. Fox” is the movie Wes Anderson was meant to make. Heartfelt yet witty, hyperstylized yet authentic, the stop-animation retelling of the Roald Dahl book does more than honor its source. It creates a revival of family-oriented storytelling.

 

Anderson’s quirky aesthetic in films such as “The Royal Tenenbaums” is given a chance to be fleshed out in the fanciful world of anthropomorphic woodland creatures in “Mr. Fox.” Anderson molds the story into the themes he is fond of — an overconfident middle-aged male leads his somewhat dysfunctional family to breakdown, only to also be the aid in getting them out.