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Summary: Max, a rambunctious and sensitive boy feels misunderstood at home and escapes to where the Wild Things are. He lands on an island where he meets mysterious and strange creatures whose emotions are as wild and unpredictable as their actions.
Spike Jonze returns to the director's chair in this love letter to his childhood and the classic Maurice Sendak book. Though visually stunning, Jonze fails to capture the childhood loneliness the book represents so well.
It hurts me to give this film such a low rating, because it's one of the best made of the year. And every good thing about the film, from the look and demeanor of the creatures to one of the most authentic portraits of a child's imagination ever, I believe is completely due to Spike Jonze. However, while the film captures my heart, it just does not hold my mind, and I feel that there is just not enough substance and story to make a film from. Incredibly valiant attempt, though.
Uncomfortable but slow paced. Like Judith puts it: "... kind of a downer" Unique view on selfishness, being jealous, being unheard, idealism and passive-aggressiveness of children, and people in general. Just as depressing as that sounds. Too. I couldn't help but feel bored despite all the visual candy. If only the film was as entertaining as it is unique.
When the film began, I thought it was fresh, imaginative, and visually striking. Around the mid-point, however, I began to realize that the film was like a song played on a single note. Ultimately , I found it tiresome, a clear demonstration of how difficult it must be to adapt a 25 page bedtime book for little kids into a 100 minute film that children and adults both can enjoy.
Where The Wild Things Are is a true modern classic coming of age tale, full of ecstatic melancholy. The bittersweet tone of the marvellous screenplay, co-written by Jonze and David Eggers, is matched with perfect synergy by lead actor Max Records who delivers my favourite performance of all year. [Full Review]
The beginning really sets the standard there. The opening title bit is really inspired, and it leads us into a pretty raw movie. It's completely genuine, the child is completely believable and this movie leaves a lot to think about -- like what aspect each Wild Thing represents, to name one example. There's a certain standard that kids movies are held up to, "oh, it's good for a childrens flick," but this movie is more proof that childrens flicks don't have to be shit.
What's amazing about this flick is that, as good as it is for me right now, it will undoubtedly grow on me in the future. I don't know how you can hate on this, honestly. It had actual CONFLICT, which DIDN'T feel tacked-on, which is apparently a new idea in Hollywood. But in saying that, this doesn't feel like a Hollywood flick - more like a really upscale indy flick. This flick hits in all the right places, hits all the emotional highs and lows, and really doesn't do ANYTHING wrong.
Flawed, but special. "Where the Wild Things Are" is an original, heartfelt and deeply touching film, too dark to be labeled as a "kids movie". Its piercing insight into childhood, the beautiful cinematography, Records' charismatic performance and a consistent bittersweet tone upgrade it into something truly unique. The pop song soundtrack is occasionally vexing, but most of the times it fits the mood of the film perfectly.
Such a cozy movie. Could have been better if it were a children's film. I couldn't read this film beyond its symbolism and that is its flaw. They should have given the fantasy and reality equal portions of entertainment value. But you must watch it nevertheless because it feels like ALL YOUR DREAMS HAVE COME TRUE. Plus its such a cozy cute lazy dreamy cudly movie.
I don't vividly remember the book from my childhood like some do, so I don't have the attachment to the material, but WtWTA is still an excellent movie. The story is pretty simple, it's heavily dialogue driven (not a bad thing), and the Wild Thing costumes were phenomenal. It shows that you can do some really quality stuff without automatically resorting to CG just because it's available.
Bis auf das Arschlochkind (ich hasse die meisten Kinder in Filmen) - ein sehr gelungener, putziger Spaß- und Abenteuerfilm. Die Figuren sind super und zum Liebhaben und sogar recht tiefgründig. Eins-A Soundtrack und imposante Bildchen. Nur Max nervt halt und zieht damit den Film doch recht weit herunter, weswegen auch das emotionale Ende nicht ganz so gut funktioniert - ich würde ihn echt gern wirklich toll finden, so aber leider doch nur süßer Knuddelspaß für Jedermann, egal welchen Alters.
Voice acting is amazing, as are the costumes and the score. Also dug the cinematography and I loved how obvious it was how fun everyone had on this movie. But it's apparent how much Spike's filmmaking benefits from having a Kaufman script.