The fantastic Fantastic Mr. Fox. Is there any director more stylish than Wes Anderson? Oh, how I love him and nearly everything he does. I loved Bottle Rocket. I loved Rushmore. I loved The Royal Tennenbaums. And I love, love, loved Darjeeling Limited. Why was that movie not universally acclaimed?

(I did not love The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, but you can’t win ’em all.)

Did you read the New Yorker profile in which it was revealed that Anderson had his tailor make him an exact replica of the corduroy suit that Mr. Fox wears, right down to the buttons and stitching? (This in the year in which I convinced John to embrace corduroy! To excellent effect!)

Obvious observation #1: Anderson loves a heist. He loves staging a heist, filming a heist, and sound-tracking a heist. Obvious observation #2: Anderson likes ’em long, lean, and balletic. Adrien Brody. Cate Blanchett. Angelica Houston. And now, Mr. and Mrs. Fox. It’s ’cause, I think, dude is a beanpole.

As John pointed out the other night, Anderson’s work is both highly stylized and intimately real. He manages to capture important and authentic human moments in the middle of gorgeously crafted mises en scene. Mise en scenes? How does one pluralize French terms d’art? (Heh.)

Funny People, on the other hand, is a slog. A 2.3-hr. slog. I would say I’m glad we waited until it hit DVD, but I wish we had missed it entirely. Editing? Hello? Plus, I’m done with Adam Sandler’s mumbling baby-talk. Can we have something else from him, please? Or someone else?

One Response to “Twovies”

  1. Liza says:

    Still waiting to see the Fox (with my niece and nephew) but saw Funny People and we all felt that funny it wasn’t. Wish we had skipped it too.

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