Saturday, January 16, 2010

2009 - FANTASTIC MR FOX, coy, smartass junk from Wes Anderson

Tiresome film from Wes Anderson who has finally managed to beat me down with his his oddball style of humor and filmmaking.

Artistic arrogance can be the only explanation for this film.  The animated characters are the typically quirky and weird characters Anderson puts into his human films.  The problem is that their constant pseudo hip chatter makes them sound more elitist than normal, nobody ever talks like this,  humans or animals.

The deliberate jerky stop motion animation technique also comes off as just another stunt when it's supposed to be retro clever.  Ray Harryhausen worked for years to perfect this technique, Wes Anderson only uses it because he thinks a whole 90 plus minute movie of  jerky animal characters will be funny.

This ongoing trend of using name actors for animation characters continues with this film.  George Clooney, and Meryl Streep bring nothing to the voice work on this film other than to remind the viewer that Mr. Fox sounds like Academy Award winning actor George Clooney and Mrs Fox sounds like Academy Award winning actor Meryl Streep.  To me it just comes off as a couple of actors slumming for an easy paycheck for a few hours of work.

I've liked some of Anderson's films in the past but The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou was just plain  indulgent crap for the sake of indulgence.

Fantastic Mr Fox is another Wes Anderson film in a similar style, I hated this film.

90 minutes.

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