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Saturday, 24 October 2009

Film – Fantastic Mr Fox – directed by Wes Anderson

Star rating 9.5/10 (average from the 2 guest reviewers)

(Guest blog reviewers – Alfie and Lula Carr aged 7)

Alfie described this film as fantastic and, a little less predictably, as enthusiastic. His favourite character is Ash, the teenage son of Mr Fox (smoothly voiced by George Clooney) and his wife Felicity (Meryl Streep), because Ash felt he was different and wanted to be an athlete (like Alfie). His favourite scene was the part when the foxes and friends are hiding from the three farmers Bogis, Bunce and Bean in an underground cavern that gets flooded with cider. Mr Fox’s possum friend Kylie’s reaction - ‘Apple Juice Flood’ particularly amused Alfie. Alfie gave the film 10 out of 10.

Lula also thought that the film was very funny. She felt that it must have been difficult for the director, Wes Anderson to make as there were loads of puppets to make, then make them seem to move, and then to add all the voices. Lula’s favourite scene was Mr Fox’s trademark – he whistled and clicked his fingers in a very cool way. And Mr Fox himself was Lula’s favourite character. The three farmers were pretty scary, specially when they shot at the foxes and their friends. Another amusing part for Lula was when Mr Fox ate his toast very messily. She didn’t feel able to give the film 10 out of 10 as she did think that Monsters versus Aliens was funnier, but nevertheless gave it a very high score of 9 out of 10.

P.S. and their adult companion enjoyed it immensely too. It is a very clever and amusing film which doesn’t absolutely stay true to the Roald Dahl book, but the additions are very welcome. The developing relationship between Ash and his cousin Kristofferson is especially touching. Not sure why the goodies are American and the baddies are British, but still a rare treat for all.

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