Depressing, overlong and uninspiring...
I was really looking forward to see this film, and from the trailers it
seemed like such a fun, light hearted childhood adventure - just like I
remembered from the book I read over and over again when I was a kid. I
also have Being John Malckovich listed as one of my favorite films
ever, and seeing how Where the Wild Things Are comes from the same
director - you can imagine just how pumped I was.
However, the movie itself was rather depressing and uninspiring. This
could have easily been a short film, and instead it felt like it just
dragged on and on. The kid who played Max was cute, but he couldn't get
any real emotions out of me. He just seemed so sad all the time, and
that just doesn't seem right for a would-be entertaining fantasy film.
Also, once he arrived at the island, it just seemed like the movie
started to drag. Many Wild Things were underused and had little to none
characterizations. The ones that were prominent on screen weren't as
inspiring or uplifting as I wanted them to be. Instead of being Wild
Things, they were just angry and gloomy.
So yeah, I know this was all meant as a metaphor to what was going on
in Max's life in the real world. However, it didn't have the
justification of being so long and cumbersome, and being outright
depressing. Movies for kids are supposed to make you feel good about
yourself at the end, not make you want to stick a bullet in your
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An absolutely beautiful adaptation of a classic children's book. It broke my heart and then put it back together again. Visually stunning and well acted. I wanted to watch it again as soon as it was over. .
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Great book. Great movie!.
nice movie get it.
this movie is amazing..i want to watch it.
the book was a hit and the movie is also very cool.
i made my daughter the outfit of king max. love the books. what kid didn't.
really loved this book as a kid..
"From one of the most beloved books of all time" to a terrifying,
confusing, nonsensical film.
'Where the wild things are', is the story of a young boy, upset with
his mother and sister, he is being bullied and feeling unwelcome he
runs away to a magical land where he can be king of the creatures that
The main problem is that there are no signs of a real plot; the
storyline is so complex it cannot be determined or understood.
Now, obvious issues are instantly created, where did the boat come from
that took him to the island? Why is he wearing a goat suit? Apart from
divorce how did he get to become so mentally unhinged?
All this character history aside, the majority of the film is set in a
magical land, but is it a dream? Where have these things come from? Why
haven't the men in black swooped in on them? None of this is answered
and it leaves you with an overwhelming feeling of loneliness and
It is however, if watched without the sound, beautiful, arty and full
to the brim with imagination and creativity. The costumes are made to
perfection and the acting from young Max Records is exquisite
considering what he was asked to perform.
Where the wild things target audience are children. That I believe is
the over powering problem. The tones are dark, moody at some parts down
right depressing. Children will not enjoy this film.
If on the other hand it had a happy soundtrack drowning out the misery
spewing from the creatures (including the goat wannabe child's)
cannibalistic mouths, children would love to watch the overgrown teddy
bears jump around.
Spike Jonze is the director, therein lies yet another problem, famous
for his highly complex story lines such as "being john malkovich", why
he has decided to attempt a children's classic story is beyond me.
Unfortunately because of what can only be Spike's willingness to expand
his horizons', Maurice Sendak's all time favourite has been ruined.
One of the most enjoyable parts of the film is the intro as 'The Arcade
Fire's' Wake up song beautifully captures the tone of the film. With
the lyrics "We're just a million little gods causing rainstorms turning
everything into rust." This is the film were a demented child with a
god complex, literally trashes things, upsets people (and monsters) and
causes destruction at ever turn without any signs of remorse or
Not one for the sane minded..