I think Saw VI would have felt more uplifting than this.
Seriously, that was one of the most bring you down, feel bad, downer
movies I have ever seen. I honestly didn't get it. The wild things were
mean to each other, the wild things were mean to the boy, no one was
happy (especially my kids), the wild things had scowls on their faces
the whole time and walked around in a kind of trance like state glaring
and yelling at each other. If there was ever a hint of happiness it was
quickly followed by some rude remark or mean comment to stifle the
mood. I kept thinking to myself, "why did he do that" or "why did he
say that", it made no sense.
The movie begins with the boy being mistreated by his sister, and then
yelled at by his mom so he runs away. Then the sad feelings continue as
the wild things act the same way towards each other. At one point when,
Carol, goes completely bonkers and rips the arm off of his 'friend' and
then tries to hit Max and then chases him through the woods, I felt
like I HAD taken my kids to Saw!
If you've ever had any negative, sad, depressing or horrible
experiences during your childhood/adolescence, then go see this movie,
and they will all come flooding back.....
barrybarnowl watch Dr. Dolittle 3 movie
pbrown70 watch Thick As Thieves movie
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. .
LizzCruzz watch King Of The Hill movie
LizzCruzz watch Tinker Bell And The Lost Treasure movie
sarrrrhbear watch By The People: The Election Of Barack Obama movie
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..
A Nutshell Review: Where the Wild Things Are
Where the WIld Things Are gave the local distributors here a hard time
deciding whether to let it loose on the big screen, or not. The trailer
was played for some time, and the posters went up, but slowly but
surely the release date got perpetually pushed back, until everything
got yanked off the screen. This is probably the first film here that
had a Facebook group (now quite defunct) set up for movie fans to
clamour for its hopefully eventual screening which didn't materialize,
but got a sizable following that went on to organize a DVD collective
purchase of sorts.
At first I thought, it's quite the no brainer to market it because it's
adapted from a popular kid's story written by Maurice Sendak, so the
target audience would naturally be the kids, right? Not quite, as after
watching the film, director Spike Jonze had weaved quite the mature
tale here, sans any semblance of a cutesy nature that could be squarely
targeted at its supposedly intended niche audience. Besides, Jonze is
not quite the known entity around here, and a culmination of such
factors made the distributors have cold feet. So it was what it was,
and all we got was a local DVD release.
Which is a pity of course, as I would have relished the opportunity to
see the gigantic Wild Things here on the big screen. But I digress.
This is probably a film meant for and speaking out to the spoilt brats
out there, be they young or old. We follow Max (Max Records) the
protagonist of the story as he gets his snow igloo broken by friends of
his sister Claire (Pepita Emmerichs) before going on a whirlwind
destruction of her room. That's a typical sign of trouble to come, but
oh-so-identifiable with children as they hit out where they can,
especially with his sister's absence. We learn that he's not quite the
quiet boy he may seem to be on the exterior, and surely he throws a
tantrum when he doesn't get the attention he needs from his mom
(Catherine Keener) when she brings home a boyfriend (Mark Ruffalo) whom
she has to entertain.
Running away in frustration and anger (and possibly a childlike
pettiness as well), here's where the story gets interesting as he goes
into a fantastical world where Things inhabit, making friends with a
bunch of them large monsters voiced by the likes of James Gandolfini,
Paul Dano, Catherine O'Hara, Michael Berry Jr, Chris Cooper, Lauren
Ambrose and Forest Whitaker even. They crown Max king of their land
based on the lies cooked up by him about his magical abilities, in the
hopes that he'll bring happiness to the group. Alas for all his ideas
with his new playmates, he soon finds out that if one of them is
emotionally difficult, and probably his best friend and favourite
amongst the group, everyone does not get better off and any marked
improvements they had made took two steps back. In some ways this
parallels his own life and provides him that mirror, before gaining
maturity in knowing what needs to be done best.
The amazing fusion of live action and live sized puppetry combined with
CG is what stands out in the film, especially when The Wild Things come
out, moving and emoting as if they were truly real creatures. The
fantastical landscapes made up of large deserts and beaches also makes
the film quite the visually arresting piece that leaves you wide-eyed
and marvelling and how seamless all elements seem to come together in
presentation. While the story's quite the given that it's a literary
classic quite familiar with many, Jonze has this adult like treatment
in what may seem like a children's story on the surface, which probably
made risk-averse distributors think twice about their bottom line,
which is indeed a pity.
But there's always the alternative DVD route to take to watch the film,
and I'm glad I did. Don't let this slip you by, and perhaps one day we
may see more market ambiguous films take to the cinemas here, given a
strong and growing niche audience who can be counted on to support well
made films that contain the whole works from competent acting to a
story that moves.