Movie Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Last weekend, I went to see, not Avatar, but Fantastic Mr. Fox. When I first heard about this movie, my first thought was “They are going to ruin the book!” I always have this thought when I see movies that are based on books. A great example of this is the Harry Potter movies, which are missing so many things. Even though Fantastic Mr. Fox is a much younger kid’s book (and shorter than the Harry Potter books), I was still worried that the story would be butchered. However, much to my surprise, I loved the movie. This movie doesn’t have any special effects, because it is all stop motion, which means that the movie is made up of tons of pictures put together so it looks like continuous movement. For a clearer explanation: Wallace and Gromit.

This movie, directed by Wes Anderson, is a brilliant adaption of the book by Roald Dahl. The movie incorporates all the main events and details of the book, and adds more. Unlike the book, the movie is not a children’s movie, as it deals with strain between Mr. Fox and his wife, broken promises, and the feelings between Ash, their son, and Kristofferson, his cousin. Like the book, the movie follows the story of Mr. Fox, who steals food from the three farmers:  Boggis, Bunce, and Bean.  However, this movie deals less with the actual thefts and adventures than with the relationships among the animals in the neighborhood. My favorite thing about this movie was how it added so much to the original story, and its characters, but kept true to the original story line. The music track is also great, and fits really well into the movie. Voiced by George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, and more, this movie is a must-see.

– Eli, 14, Teen Center Adviser

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