Criterion Year Week 65: Fantastic Mr. Fox

The Criterion Collection, the last vestige of truly collectible DVD and Blu-Ray movies in existence. These are well produced, fancy pants editions of important and interesting films for the discerning film lover.

We continue our journey through Jim's collection of movies with...

A Brief History of Time

Spine Number: 700

Director: Wes Anderson

Genre: Comedy


For the fifth and almost final time we go back to the world of Wes Anderson.  "Fantastic Mr. Fox," is a pretty substantial departure for Wes. It's his first animated film and his first screenplay that isn't wholly original. However, every other stylistic element is there. The quirk is kept in line by the fantastic dialogue, which is delivered by the incredibly well developed characters. That's what's great about Wes. The characters and dialogue are always spot on and they always act in service to the story. The story doesn't always land, but it almost always works out to be something worth watching.



This is an adaptation much in the same way "Where The Wild Things Are," is an adaptation. You have the name, and some of the characters, but there is a greater depth and the story is far more complex and inventive. 

"Fantastic Mr. Fox," is a fun movie that comes close to being too darling, but never really crosses that line. It's a good time, and we kind of talk about it for a while. But you know us, this show is about whatever our scattered minds come up with at the moment. So enjoy it, it's a good ride.




Next week,  

 Spine number 703: The Freshman

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