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Wes Anderson United States, 2009

Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Fantastic Mr. Fox

Like all Anderson's work, it's a bit too preoccupied with homage & pastiche to develop a life outside of its own catalog of cinematic influences; too arch & ironical in its delivery to really connect on a deeper level; the work of a "smarty-pants" rather than someone genuinely smart. However, it's a tremendous amount of fun, carried along by the strength of its varied characters & the brilliance of its craft. A joy.