Monday, November 16, 2009

MOVIE MONDAY


WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE .

It's a cute book about Max and his journey to another place: an island filled with wild animals. On this island everyone joins in the fun: a wild rumpus. Which I pictured as a dance more than anything else. However, in the movie, the wild rumpus was short-lived and the story grew to all sorts of lengths and went to all sorts of ends to say something about family and relationships-some which are dysfunctional.

Somehow the movie was too dark for me. And this coming from a fanpire. I love zombie and vampire movies but then I expect dark. Here I was expecting fun and the film was short on fun-at least for me.

My son loved it. Of course he's 25. And I did agree with him that the characters were absolutely perfect in their graphic creation. They looked just as I would have imagined they would. So that part was perfect. However, I was looking for a wild dance, a journey of fun and exploration. Here, the story seemed more about relationships to me.

Somehow, I think it lost its fun in the translation from the written page to the big screen. But that's just my opinion.

Anyone else see it?

12 comments:

Lynnette Labelle said...

I don't think I've heard of that one. Hummm... Guess I'm out of touch with the movie scene. LOL

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David Batista said...

I came in expecting dark because, even though I loved the book growing up, I always did think that there was something more going on beneath the surface with the Wild Things on that island. I mean, they're giant MONSTERS, after all! :)

And because the director is Spike Jonez, I knew to expect quirky introspection. And that's exactly what I got.

So I'll agree that the movie is only like the book in appearance alone. But because the kids who've read this are mostly all grown up now, I guess the film had to reflect more mature themes. That's my take.

Lilfix said...

When I saw the previews to this movie, I thought it looked a litle like the Neverending Story...grin...

Jean said...

Hi, Kim. So, once again the film version of a book just doesn't hold a candle to the printed page.

Hmmmm...

Blessings,
Jean
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The Things We Carried said...

I heard the same thing. My son (Eric, 23) said it was very dark and he didn't even like it. I knew it would be disappointing for me if he found it dark!

Kim, thanks for all your visits this year! I am wishoing you all the best for the holidays!

Nora MacFarlane said...

I can't imagine how that book could make a movie. My daughter and I decided to pass on this one. We love the book too much!

Rena said...

I haven't seen this yet. I'm one of those book-to-movie skeptics ...

Christina Farley said...

Sounds cute. I haven't seen it. And of course, we are always behind on the new movies.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

See, I totally expected this which is why I probably won't watch it.

Martha Flynn said...

"My son loved it. Of course he's 25."

LOL!

Over Coffee - the green edition said...

I am with you Kim...way too dark. My friend and I took our young children (7-11) and were gasping during the whole movie and questioning our parenting decision. The part that was really disturbing to us was the stick arm used to replace the arm that was ripped off. Yikes! I don't remember that part of the book....

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