Saturday, October 17, 2009

Where The Wild Things Are: My Review


Today, we took the kids to see Spike Jonez's interpretation of the Maurice Sendak classic book; "Where The Wild Things Are", and if I could pick just one word to sum it up, that word would be; melancholy. Now don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the book, and I really enjoyed James Gandolfini's turn as the "leader" of the wild things; Carol. Also, The effects were so good that I couldn't tell if the monsters were people in costumes or CGI. But the over-all tone of the movie was a bit too depressing for my liking. Everytime you turn around, the monsters are moping around and blaming their depression on poor Max. It's too bad Max couldn't prescribe some Paxil to the lot of 'em - you wouldv'e had a much cheerier film fo' sho'. And you might ask yourself how they turn a 10 minute children's book into a 90 minute movie? Well, it really shouldn't have been that long; my 5 year-old was asking to leave after an hour. And some of it was a little scary for younger kids, but nothing too bad. Overall, I give it 2 1/2 stars out of 4.

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