A Very Wes Anderson Christmas
Saturday, December 24 | 1 pm
Friday, December 30 | 5:30 pm
Based on Roald Dahl’s children’s book of the same name, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a delightful departure for Wes Anderson—it’s the director’s first stop-motion feature, his first literary adaptation, and his first family-oriented film. And yet, it retains the hilariously deadpan dialogue and scrupulous attention to visual detail that have become his authorial signatures. It tells the story of Mr. Fox (George Clooney), a brilliantly clever, if mischievous, chicken thief turned reporter, who is irresistibly tempted by the prospect of one last glorious raid on the fortress-like poultry farms of the odious Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. Boasting expressive, engaging vocal performances from Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, and Bill Murray, the film bristles with the dry wit and emotional complexity that are hallmarks of both Dahl’s and Anderson’s work. Universally beloved by critics and audiences alike, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a warm and wonderfully tactile marvel of old-fashioned craft and ingenuity.
Director Wes Anderson 2009 USA 87 minutes PG (for action, smoking, and slang humor) DCP