What a year for kids’ movies! They are clearly spoilt for choice at the moment with Pixar’s latest, stupendous release Up, and now visionary director Wes Anderson’s first animated feature Fantastic Mr Fox. I recently said Up was one of the greatest Pixar movies ever and a delight for young and old folks alike but I am proud to say that Mr Fox has surpassed even Up’s epic greatness. As with all Wes Anderson films it is a subtle, beautiful story which has a gloriously woven, hilariously hip and quirky tale. Its old school charm and sensational wit is accessible for kids but is also a joy for the older audience. Anderson has taken an old classic and given it new depth and a typical groovy feel.
The promotional hype surrounding Up gave us all the impression that Pixar had made a nice family movie about an elderly man who recaptures his youth through a series of funny misadventures with nice bright colours and fast-paced action, with a hint of the usual quirky Pixar humour. Well I know you need to sell things but Up is so, so much more than your average slick animated feature. Up is one of the funniest and quirkiest Pixar films but it also packs a lot of emotional punch and maturity that proves that once again they have raised the bar of excellence that, it seems, only Pixar themselves can beat.
Welcome to Zombieland!
The world has been overrun by a virus that has left 99% of the human race less than desirable dinner guests. That’s right, it’s time for zombies. This zom-rom-com has been hailed by some as the American Shaun of the Dead and I’m here to say, with a happy grin, that this is a pretty accurate summation.
The trailer for Adventureland proudly proclaims “From the Director of Superbad”, however bar the penchant for taking two words and splicing them together to make a witty title, these films are very different. Mottola shows an altogether more subtle side to his craft as he instils your average summer of love story with a caring poignant edge missing from many of its competitors.
John McLane is back! Ok, so that’s not really true, Bruce Willis is back, and while there are some robot issues causing him grief, its all a little damp quid either side of the one line where he channels the spirit of McClane and reminds us why ultimately this movie is a bit of a failure.