Reviews and Problems with Where The Wild Things Are
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In Theaters: Where the Wild Things Are
22 June 2010
Excerpt: The opening scenes of Where the Wild Things Are capture a very specific moment in childhood anomie. It's a barely post-70's, post-divorce, snowflake sweater moment that is in fact so specific that it does that magic thing of flipping lanes over into the timeless, accessing some core of knowledge of...
Excerpt: The film tells the story of Max, a rambunctious and sensitive boy who feels misunderstood at home and escapes to where the Wild Things are. Max lands on an island where he meets mysterious and strange creatures whose emotions are as wild and unpredictable as their actions.
Excerpt: It is impossible to tell where this screen adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are would have ended up without Max Records. He is the human star of the film, mingling with monsters that represent his thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Conclusion: For a film with a $100 million budget, 'Where the Wild Things Are' was a pretty big box office disappointment during its theatrical release. This is the sort of movie, however, that begs for rediscovery on home video.
Excerpt: The Movie From the very first frames of filmmaker Spike Jonze's big screen take on Where the Wild Things Are , the tale grows beyond the classic children's book's precious few sentences to organically embrace the depiction of three-dimensional children living in the real world.
Conclusion: Where the Wild Things Are will strike countless people in countless ways. Simplicity and complexity abound in every scene, making Jonze's dark children's film accessible to all ages, providing you have the stomach and the heart to endure its more challenging themes.
Summary: Spike Jonze's beautifully audacious and sadly flawed film brings Maurice Sendak's much-beloved, nine-sentence children's story to vivid, CGI-enhanced life. If only he had kept it a short story.
Excerpt: I had great expectations for Where the Wild Things Are after seeing the trailer. Growing up having read the book, I walked into the theater prepared for a laugh-heavy, nostalgic, feel-good flick. Let's just say I walked out feeling much different.
Excerpt: The question going into Where The Wild Things Are is, can childlike wonderment be sustained for an entire film? Can Spike Jonze, who has never made a bad movie, take Maurice Sendak's rough-edged, slim picture book and give it the scope of a story for adults?
Excerpt: Spike Jonze has recently said in interviews that his chief goal in adapting Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are was to try to capture the feeling of being 9. By that measure—by just about any measure, really—he succeeded wildly.