Where the Wild Things Are Movie Reviews
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I was disappointed in spite of potential of the idea, the huge IMAX screen and the amazing costumes and/or computer graphics, whatever they did to make the wild things.
It would be a great movie for kids but hard for an adult to sit through and much too loud to sleep through with the 12,400 watt audio system.
If you are reading this review, then you have most likely read others before me and hopefully you are convinced NOT to bring your kids to see it. Now with that understanding, let me say why I wish I hadn't wasted my money on it (AHHH $41 at the IMAX!!!.
I've seen many very well done movies and doc**entaries about the minds of insane people. It has enlightened me to their suffering, their plight, and in the end the devastation their mental illness causes to their lives - and the lives of those around them. This movie, in my opinion, is about a child who has some "serious issues." He is violent, moody and possibly delusional. This movie was disturbing not because of the boy - but because I felt like the movie FROM the mind of an insane person! It rarely had a moment you could connect with, or that didn't make you feel uncomfortable or confused. Is that what insanity feels like?
Ugh. I sure wish I had read a few reviews before I took my kids to see this. I've never felt the desire to write a review before, but I have to speak out. The ads are misleading. A wonderful childhood fantasy of escape and adventure was turned into a dark, sad, complicated story of dysfunctional relationships. It was a very interesting story on it's own, but I'm sorry "Where The Wild Things Are" was used as an excuse to tell it. I regret spending valuable family time (and money) on this movie. Even a little angry. It left my kids in tears. Nice, huh? Live and learn. I will NEVER take my kids to another movie w/o reading reviews first.
Whoever gave it 1 or 2 stars has to be kidding themselves. For a movie based on a children's book that had barely any words and about 15 pages.. I thought it was awesome. 4 STARS!!!! Great job spike jones. I had fun watching it! and the wild things were exactly how I had imagined them to be..
the amount of advertising they did for it was definately an overkill though
I was having a bad week already. I think this movie might have just pushed me over the edge! Worst movie i have seen in a long time... I don't think you will see anymore reviews from me in the future i can't take it no more
This is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. They took one of my favorite childhood books and ruined it. The only good thing in this movie is the physical portrayal of the wild things but there was no plot. Granted, the book was not designed to be a feature length film so I expected the writers to take some liberty with the plot but instead we have a lonely kid who acts out and then finds himself on an island with monsters who are just as dysfunctional as his real family. There is no moral to the story, there is no fun. This movie just leaves the viewer feeling sad and depressed. Save your money, buy the book and never see the movie.
For those movie goers hoping that "Where the wild things are" followed the series of books by Maurice Sendak to the letter,some disappointment may precede this drawn out rendition. I would guess coming up with a plot to fill the hour and a half + time duration,had to be pretty creative. The Wild things were perfect, the young actor playing Max did a good job of portraying a lonely kid needing to vent his angst at his family situation. Family counseling may be a better outlet than a fantasy of man eating monsters (could have),on an island far away. Released probably too close to Halloween, I'll bet there will be a rash of max costums thrown together!
Maybe I'm too old to get into this type of movie? But I couldn't see where this movie could have been made for either children or adults?
I kind of felt sorry for the little kids being brought in. For what I was guessing their parents would be thinking to be some cute creatures. Interacting in a cute fun way, with a child.
When what I was seeing in this movie. Was a troubled child having trouble interacting with his older siblings, and parents. Who would start acting out spitfully when things didn't go the way he thought they should?
Then when he meets up with these creatures. They seem to me, to be just as troubled them selves, as this boy had been in his invirement back home?
If I were a child watching this movie. I might feel it had been made to give me through, these creatures, a lesson on how I looked dealing with my troubled emotions and surrounding in my life. Leaving me feeling I came for intertainment, instead was receiving a lecture?
I couldn't really get into either the child, or the creatures. Nor even the story line. I really had trouble staying awake. But I didn't feel too bad. I saw another guy dozing off too.
Um, just remember that the book was written in 1963 (when kids were sent to bed without dinner as punishment?). This movie is for adults who know the story, so keep your own kids out of it. Let them read and watch Harry Potter because they wouldn't understand this movie. The parallels between Max's waking life experiences and his imaginary adventure are throughout the movie but it's not spelled out for you. The Henson Co. tops themselves yet again at puppetry and the kid who plays Max did a phenomenal job at portraying emotion. Great soundtrack, too.
The theater is GREAT but this movie SUCKED. I wish we could get our money back for how bad it is. I'm generally a VERY HAPPY movie goer because I love movies, pretty much without criticism. But not this movie. It's been added to my "lifetime worse movies EVER" list. Do NOT take children to see this movie for two reasons. One, it won't hold their attention because even young kids are savvy enough to recognize bad plots and horrific filming. And secondly, because some of the things it teaches (lying, running away, property damage) are not traits that should be reinforced in a fantasy tale. The only thing countering that is kids won't be watching it anyway due to boredom, so they won't take those influences away from the movie. The fact is, kids older than 12 won't want to see this movie because they'll be bored within 5 minutes of it.
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