Quintin 📽 Philipson’s review published on Letterboxd:
I love how perfect and pardon the pun, fantastic the title of this film is.
Mr Fox returns to his glory days of pulling off incredible heists with the local farmers which ends up putting his family in danger. In one of his many speeches, Mr Fox explains to all his neighboring animals that he returned to these dangerous heists not just for the thrill but because he is great at it. He is tired of living the mundane life of writing columns that no one reads while he's stuck in a hole in the ground. He wanted to do something he was fantastic at.
The film ends with Mr Fox coming to terms that he can't resurface without putting himself in danger because the farmers are after him. He is stuck living in a hole for the rest of his life. By pure luck, Mr Fox found food for his family in a grocery store. Mrs Fox turns to him and says "You really are a quote unquote fantastic fox". A beautiful moment that shows Mrs Fox understands where Mr Fox was coming from before while also confirming how fantastic he still is at just being a father.
Despite him being a columnist stuck in a hole for the rest of his life, I am sure Mr Fox would love to hear that the title of this movie acknowledges that he is still fantastic.