Movie Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox

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As I watched Fantastic Mr. Fox and gradually sensed the darkness of the theater lose out to the autumn-colored, classy, stop motion shenanigans on screen, I began to accept that every silhouette in the audience—fat and small, rich and me—was dressed in ship-shape, semi-formal attire. I pictured moms silently imagining themselves speaking in snooty English accents and serving cups of Earl Grey. And kids ages five through nine on the verge of zzz’ing in handsome jackets of tweed and corduroy; mildly stimulated by what equates to a visually dazzling hipster Sunday School lesson taught with Adderall on its gums and Tryptophan in its belly.

In contrast to Spike Jonze‘s Where the Wild Things Areitself a furry and visionary 2009 adaptation of a famous kid’s book about nonconformity—Wes Anderson‘s Fox focuses foremost on family via adult characters. Whereas Wild Things united male Eighties Babies with its look at psychological distress, a side effect birthed by so much of that decade’s parental divorce and separation, Fox unites families of the aughts with an increasingly rare and welcome air of sophistication. One is a film about adults-as-wild-animals suitable for families, the other is a film about a child amidst wild animals suitable for would-be adults.

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The Darjeeling Limited Movie Poster

Update: Apparently the poster is just a creation of NataliePortman.com, and is not real.

One day after the screenplay mysteriously found its way onto the internet, out friends at FilmIck have a first look at the movie poster for Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited. I love the film’s tagline “She Almost Definitely Changed The World”. It’s very Wes Anderson-ish. Click on the poster for a slightly better view.

Written by Anderson, Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman, the story follows the journey of three brothers (played by Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman) who take a train (The Darjeeling Ltd) through India in search of a rare albino tiger that was believed to be the reincarnation of their recently deceased father. The brothers intend the trip as a spiritual journey, a search for the tiger, and a chance to bond with each other. But things go wrong – they get kicked off the train, at which point they begin to learn much more about themselves and the country than they ever expected to. The film also stars Amara Karan, Natalie Portman, and Angelica Huston.

The Darjeeling Limited is scheduled to hit theaters on December 25th 2007.

The Darjeeling Limited

Wes Anderson’s next movie, The Darjeeling Limited is being screened for test audiences right now (a review on AICN has mysteriously disappeared). The film’s screenplay has been leaked onto the internet. We haven’t read it, but we’re hoping it’s better than The Life Aquatic (we enjoyed his last movie but it paled in comparison to his previous efforts). You might want to check out the script over at NataliePortman.com, before it disappears too.

Written by Anderson, Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman, the story follows the journey of three brothers (played by Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman) who take a train (The Darjeeling Ltd) through India in search of a rare albino tiger that was believed to be the reincarnation of their recently deceased father. The brothers intend the trip as a spiritual journey, a search for the tiger, and a chance to bond with each other. But things go wrong – they get kicked off the train, at which point they begin to learn much more about themselves and the country than they ever expected to. The film also stars Amara Karan, Natalie Portman, and Angelica Huston.

The Darjeeling Limited is scheduled to hit theaters on December 25th 2007.

Via: DTheater