Who knew that two of my favorite movies from 2009 would be purportedly created for children by auteur directors? Spike Jonze’s “Where The Wild Things Are” and Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox” are based on children’s books but have appeal to all audiences and maybe are even better suited for older children and adults than the youngest set.
A quirky, funny, bittersweet look at the lives of a fox family, replete with father/son issues, husband/wife issues, and quasi-sibling rivalry, this film will make you laugh, gasp, and feel sad. The animation is beautiful and painstakingly created, and it’s directed wonderfully with all of the feel of a comic heist movie, yet in a heartfelt way.
It might be a little too dark for kids under 6 or so, but anyone else with a soul should appreciate this touching adaptation of a classic book. It expands on the story and even departs considerably from the Roald Dahl feel and rhythm, but that wasn’t a distraction or a negative feeling. It just felt like its own story, or maybe the real story upon which Dahl’s short tale was based.
I give it five out of five cussin’ stars.