As we continue our avoidance of frequenting movie theatres,we would rate a movie’s possible entertainment value to whether it is worthy of :
- the time
- the effort in getting there
- $15.00 per ticket
- aggrevation factor
- entertainment value
Isn’t it after all what watching movies are all about : ENTERTAINMENT!?
In the past when we were still going to movie theatres we would classify the worthiness of a movie in the categories of:
- Movie Theatre
- Pay Per View
- Purchase DVD (never more than $5.00)
Most of the time we would classify movies to “cable” status, as we stopped years ago to go to movie theatres, as I have blogged about my recent surprisingly pleasant experience of seeing a movie in a proper movie theatre. You can see my review here.
Tonight, not much on TV, checking what was in line for watching on the DVR, and as we were in the mood for fun and ligth entertainment, Fantastic Mr. Fox was on the list and so Fantastic Mr. Fox made the cut to be put on the “recommended list”.
Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American stop-motion animated film based on the Roald Dahl children’s novel of the same name. I love Roald Dahl and was not aware that this was based on one of his novels, so I was pleasantly surprised.
This story is about a fox who steals food each night from three mean and wealthy farmers. The farmers are fed up with Mr Fox’s theft and try to kill him, so they dig their way into the foxes’ home. However, the animals are able to outwit the farmers and live underground.
What I really loved about the movie is the depiction of real life situations like the lawayer episode and the real estate agent showing the house. Just too delightful! And not to mention the ordinary family humdrum daily existance.
While raiding a squab farm, Mr. Fox (George Clooney) and his LONG SUFFERING wife Felicity (Meryl Streep), trigger a fox trap and become caged. Felicity reveals to Fox that she is pregnant and pleads with him to find a safer job when they escape.
Two years later (12 in Fox Years), the Foxes and their sullen son Ash (Jason Schwartzman), are living in a hole. Fox, now a newspaper columnist, moves the family into a better home in the base of a tree, ignoring the warnings of his lawyer Badger (Bill Murray) about how dangerous the area is for foxes.
The tree is located very close to facilities run by three mean farmers- Walter Boggis (Robin Hurlstone), Nathan Bunce (Hugo Guinness), and Franklin Bean (Michael Gambon). Soon after the Foxes move in, Felicity’s nephew Kristofferson (Eric Chase Anderson) comes to live with them, as his father has become very ill with double pneumonia. Ash finds this situation intolerable; his soft-spoken cousin is apparently superior to him at sports, and everyone, including his father, Mr Fox, is charmed by Kristofferson at Ash’s expense.
I won’t give further detail as the movie has a plot and good story line, so best to see it. The human thinking and scheming attributed to the foxes are so funny and all too real.
Highly recommended! It is charming to say the very least.