Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox ★★★★★

It’s not enough for Wes Anderson to simply adapt the events of a book into a movie; he also puts in the extra effort to make that movie feel like you're reading that very book from your childhood. The opening presents itself as if you're picking the very Roald Dahl novel off of the library shelf for the very first time and being intrigued by the story contained within its pages. From there, each story segment is given its own chapter, and each scene transition feels like the flip of a new page. And of course, every frame of this movie is an idealistic, storybook illustration just begging to be hung up on a wall. No film before or since has managed to capture that alluring symmetry, color scheming, or attention to detail quite like Fantastic Mr. Fox. The complexity on display is immense, but the way the filmmakers present it to us makes it feel effortless. Watching this film is like being wrapped in a warm blanket, comforting you with a picture-perfect world that, while not devoid of conflict or misery, is a hell-of-a-lot more enticing than anything the real world has to offer.

Leave it to Wes Anderson to make a story about a main protagonist having a midlife crisis and accidentally getting his entire family and community chased from their home by wild gunman billionaires be the ultimate comfort film.

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