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Fantastic Mr Fox in 15, no 5, minutes [20111019|19:58]
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If you have any affection whatsoever for the Roald Dahl story, Fantastic Mr Fox, do not watch this film, unless you enjoy shouting at the screen a lot (which I do). I sat through it because I wanted to make absolutely certain that it did not redeem itself in the end. It didn’t. This has allowed me to be sweary about it on the internet. Yay!

MR FOX: Even though this is taken from an English story set in England, I’m voiced by George Clooney. This is not a good beginning.

MRS FOX: I, too, am American. And why does this film start with the romantic story of how we met? And why do I only have one child, I mean, kit? I had four in the book. And what the fuck is with this visiting cousin side story that is clearly meant to illustrate the lesson of Acceptance of Differences in the usual painfully heavy-handed manner?

MR FOX: Language, darling. This is a kids’ film.

MRS FOX: Really? What’s it about? The book is about a fox that fools a bunch of evil farmers who go to stupid lengths to kill him even though his predations don’t even make a dent in their livestock. A badger and a rabbit join in later.

MR FOX: Shhh, darling.

MRS FOX: Why?

MR FOX: Spoilers.

MRS FOX Oh for fu--I mean, you’d hope that the children and the adults watching this would have read the book.

MR FOX: Oh, darling. You’re so cute.

MRS FOX: What?

MR FOX: Don’t worry, we’ll get to the story eventually.

MRS FOX: You mean after we’ve beaten people over the heads with our belief in the superiority of American Family Values, told as transparent morality tales?

MR FOX: There might be some dreadful songs as well.

MRS FOX: Goddammit.

BADGER: Will there be cider?

RAT: Awv cawrse.

MRS FOX: If this is supposed to be set in England, as one would surmise from the fact that all three farmers have British accents and the animations of the village show pillar boxes and pubs, then why the fu--hell have you got an American Southern accent, RAT?

RAT: Because I’m the obligatory immoral degenerate drunken idiot caricature.

MRS FOX: Why is that obligatory?

RAT: Too late. I’ve been killed by my own poor choices. *dies*

MRS FOX: Goddammit.

FARMERS: Right! Let’s start trying to dig out that naughty MR FOX.

MRS FOX: Finally.

FARMERS: *shovels escalate to tractors escalate to flooding*

MRS FOX: Whoa there, there wasn’t any flooding in the book. This is getting a little Biblical, isn’t it?

MR FOX: I can’t hear you over the sound of this rabid dog who’s trying to foil our kidnapping rescue.

MRS FOX: Rabid dog? Kidnapping rescue? Will someone please explain to me what the hell is going on?

MR FOX: The farmers have given up! We win! Let’s dance!

MRS FOX: …

MRS FOX: Are the kids gone? Good. Because FUCK THIS. I’m out.
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[User Picture]From: cataragon
2011-10-19 16:30 (UTC)
I refused to watch the end of this film. As a kid I loved the book, and I thought the movie would be more of the characteristic Dahl capers-with-a-slightly-horrifying edge.

I was not amused by the film, which is the least faithful adaptation of a kids book since Howl's Moving Castle, which at least made an interesting movie with a decent plot, even if it wasn't at all the plot of the book.

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-10-25 06:23 (UTC)
I was not amused by the film, which is the least faithful adaptation of a kids book since Howl's Moving Castle, which at least made an interesting movie with a decent plot, even if it wasn't at all the plot of the book.

Absolutely. I saw Howl's Moving Castle before I read the book. Like FMF, it was a case where most of the same characters are there and the setting is recognizable, but the stories are wildly divergent. Unlike FMF, the film was faithful in spirit to the original story if not in form.
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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2011-10-19 22:39 (UTC)
aw, I really enjoyed it. But I don't know the book, was never familiar with it, and I love Wes Anderson and I love his stable of actors, his whole style. I enjoyed the slightly awkward type of stop motion they used. Fur seems to be difficult.

But I don't think a lot of other people liked it, didn't think it was a good kids film because of its relatively subdued nature and very Wes Anderson-esque talky-ness. Those are probably different reasons than your hating of it, but at least you know other people hate it!



Edited: spelling and snark.





Edited at 2011-10-20 02:43 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-10-25 06:25 (UTC)
Wow, we diverge on almost every point in our opinions of this film. :P I found the animation disturbing. The animals fell into the uncanny valley of perception for me.
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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2011-10-26 03:05 (UTC)
Ha, yeah I know about uncanny valley; Maybe because they're animals it doesn't get me so much.
I guess we can agree to disagree? I hope so.
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From: alice_mccoy
2011-10-20 04:32 (UTC)
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BORIS BUNCE AND BEAN
*louder*
ONE FAT ONE SHORT ONE LEAN
*louder*
THESE HORRIBLE CROOKS SO DIFFERENT IN LOOKS
WERE NONETHELESS EQUALLY MEAN
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:D See I remembers it from childhood and no I wouldn't watch the film. As for Mr Dahl's affect on my brain I still have a deep desire to feed drugged raisins to pheasants and drive an Austin 7 around the country lanes at night with no lights on.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-10-25 06:26 (UTC)
I always wanted to make my own Magic Medicine, a la George. Perhaps this is part of the reason I became a chemist. By this method, I could probably blame Roald Dahl for most of the decisions I've made in life.

Please do continue to stay away from the film.
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