Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox ★★★★★

I like all of Wes Anderson's movies, but this is my favorite. No matter how many times I see it I can't stop myself from thinking about how stunningly beautiful it looks. Anderson's meticulous attention to every prop and tiny detail in his live action movies is amplified into a super power in this medium where every single cardigan, electric pencil sharpener or library copy of Fantastic Mr. Fox needs to be designed and built from scratch. The way the characters move, the cotton balls used to create smoke, the swirly hypnotized eyes and even the compositions themselves become part of the humor, along with Anderson's usual gift for oddball language and likable pretentious dipshit characters.

It's also a perfect movie for Thanksgiving because it's very autumnal (yellow skies, apple cider), families come together to squabble and then make up, and they all have a huge celebratory feast where a blowhard makes a show-offy toast.

Finally, I would like to note that I'm pretty sure that's a BILLY JACK reference when Kristofferson takes his shoes off before doing karate on the beaver.

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