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A misunderstood classic,
This review is from: Where the Wild Things Are [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Directed by the wonderfully inventive Spike Jonze, WTWTA follows young Max as he runs away from home following an argument with his mother and finds solace in a world of his own. He sets sail and washes up on an island inhabited by furry beings who take him in and crown him as their new king- unfortunately they have eaten every other king they have ever had. The boys relationship with the wild things is loving but often strained at times. He finds in them what he found back at home- love, jealousy, rivalry, acceptance...
Let me say that this film looks stunning. The voice acting is brilliant, the writing and directing are sublime and the pace of the movie is measured, but perfectly so. I think the reason that people are slamming this movie is because they are approaching it a kids film, which it isn't. It is an adult film about being a kid, and how hard it could be and how we would often find comfort in make-believe.
In my opinion, this is one of the most affecting films I have seen in years. Complex in so many ways- I am sure that this movie will reveal itself more as you revisit it. Don't go in expecting a fast-paced kiddies adventure movie, but instead look at the previous work of the brilliant Spike Jonze to see how he has grown as a film-maker and yet lost nothing of what made him so great in the firt place. This is a grown-up, sad, sometimes unsettling look at childhood and imagination, and I for one absolutely loved it.
The blu-ray transfer is terrific also. The short film Higgedy Piggedy Pop which is included in the extras is wonderful, and I am looking forward to delving into some of the other extras included on this disc.
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Initial post: Nov 24, 2010 4:53:11 PM PST
Posted on Dec 14, 2010 8:39:25 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 4, 2011 1:23:13 PM PST
D. Zinsmeister says:
I wish I had remembered my previous encounter with a Spike Jonz film Adaptation. That film and this one just seem a little overblown and dull like listening to someone self-important and a little inebriated recounting a dream he had.
But people who like these films like them a lot and if you do not agree with them, they are quick to point out there is something wrong with you. One gets the same experience with M. Night Shymalan films. Here are some reviewers' remarks on the film The Village. Sound familiar?
"Many people do not understand this film (from what I can tell about the other reviews.) "
"This is the art of film-making at its best. It is really no surprise that a good portion of the American audience was unable to appreciate it."
"Negetive[sic] Critics must like films with moral decay"
"Excellent movie! I don't think that a lot of people got it. But we certainly did!"
"I belive[sic] that a lot of people who gave the movie poor ratings came to see it with many preconceived notions of what it would be."
"Congratulations to the director for the taking the risk of making a multiple level-reading film with so much more staying power than may be readily apparent at first glance. I am afraid though that many people missed it. "
"It seems that the many reviewers who did not like this film, or even (hard to believe) hated it, probably didn't get it."
Posted on Sep 16, 2012 8:32:24 PM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
I agree with virtually all your points made, this is definitely not a kids movie, but a film that delves into the psyche of adolescence presented in a more surreal, fantastical manner in which the beasts can be interpreted as raw traits of Max himself.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2012 8:14:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 15, 2012 11:13:00 AM PDT
D. Zinsmeister says:
"a film that delves into the psyche of adolescence presented in a more surreal, fantastical manner in which the beasts can be interpreted as raw traits of Max himself. "
That idea is pounded into the audience for most of the film and it gets a bit tiresome to say, yes, Max sees his own life and the lives of those around him reflected in these creatures when Max is so unappealling and dull. The film seemed very heavy handed.
Posted on Jun 14, 2013 8:08:07 PM PDT
thank you so much for your positive, encouraging and intelligent review. I am most certainly going to watch this now, with my spouse. I appreciate your advice to look at it in a different light, if not for your review, I would have subjected my young kids to this as first impressions of the trailer did seem it was geared towards children. I find so many of the things on view today have depth that most adults find hard to handle, and yet we present them heavily to our children. thanks again.
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