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December 11th, 2009

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01:25 pm - The Fantastic Mr. Fox & Other Movie Thoughts
A couple of days ago, Aaron and I went to see the new Wes Anderson film The Fantastic Mr. Fox, which is one of the very few films about which the statement that both children and adults will enjoy it is actually true. It was brilliantly acted and exceedingly humane in a way that I’ve learned to associate both with films by Wes Anderson and with recent films starring George Clooney. I saw Wes Anderson’s last film The Darjeeling Limited, and also loved it. The Fantastic Mr. Fox is an animated caper film with wisdom about both growing up and being an adult. Aaron’s statement after seeing it is that he has recently seen what looks to be an effort by a few people in Hollywood – Anderson, Clooney, perhaps also Meryl Streep, to attempt to make a positive change in US culture via film, which seems at least partly accurate. Regardless of motive, it’s fun, honestly funny, and very well done.

What was disturbingly fascinating is how different this film was from the other films advertised in the trailers before it. Most were hideous animated children’s films that seemed to entirely embrace that all too common modern definition of comedy as a mixture of stupidity and allegedly funny nastiness at the expense of someone else. I also saw a trailer for the new Tim Burton/Johnny Depp film Alice in Wonderland, which featured Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, and (if the trailer is any indication) the Mad Hatter is the star. I’m exceptionally impressed with Johnny Depp’s acting, but for the past decade, I’ve far more enjoyed his work in films not by Tim Burton. In works like Chocolat or Finding Neverland, or even the Pirates of the Caribbean films he’s a brilliant actor who immerses himself in his part in a truly wonderful fashion. In Tim Burton’s recent work, Depp increasingly plays the same part over and over again, which is starting to look increasingly like a twisted caricature of Johnny Depp and I’m getting increasingly impatient with this portrayal, I think I may be done with Tim Burton films.
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Date:December 11th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
Very well put. :)
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Date:December 11th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
Fantastic Mr. Fox was very bizarre and disjointed but also enjoyable. I guess I didn't really know what to expect; it looked like a fun, silly movie, but it was so different from any other movie I've seen.
Date:December 12th, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
I saw The Fantastic Mr. Fox with mys students this evening, and we all really enjoyed it. Much like when we saw Ponyo earlier this year, it seemed like the previews shown before the film were aimed at a different audience.
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Date:December 12th, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
I haven't seen The Fantastic Mr. Fox, but I noticed the same in Ponyo - the previews were from a different world.

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