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This free spirited little boy goes too far, then travels to a make believe land where he could be eaten, there he has to deal with his radical behavior.
A moody, intriguing adaptation of Sendak's classic picture book. Not as light hearted and fun as the book, and it may not appeal to most kids, but still worth the watch from a nostalgic point of view.
Visually stunning. It's like some gorgeous, dreamy visual dessert.
The acting, costumes, music, and dialogue are all above par.
But, make no mistake, despite it being based on a children's story: This movie is not for kids.
I'm not even sure if Spike Jonze meant it to be.
It's dark, EXTREMELY melancholy, and as terrifyingly random and frightning as a childs fantasy could be.
All of the characters speak, act, and interact in exactly the way a child would want and imagine them to.
It's actually quite brilliant. AND, Original. I've never seen anything like it.
But, I repeat: Your children will not understand or appreciate the morbid beauty of this any more than they would Schindlers List.
This film is vivid in my childhood memories as it is a drama/fantasy film that is nostalgic to many. Max is a young boy who feels lonely and misunderstood, so he escapes to where the Wild Things are and soon finds himself to be their king. Sadly, things don’t work out exactly as hoped given that changing locations won’t make you feel whole. This movie covers many relatable topics in an easy to understand way for children, and the creatures have personality and interest with the use of good special effects. I would rate this film 3.5/5 stars and recommend it to those familiar with the original story. @The_Reviewer of the TEen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Movie felt sad and depressing and somber. I think the book is kinda fun and lighthearted, so it was not at all the same. I wouldn't recommend the movie for kids either.
A waste of time. Although I didn’t fast forward this movie, I keep waiting for something meaningful to happen that never came. Lot’s of dark humour but still not enough. Don’t bother with this movie.
This is a tough one to rate. Although it is really interesting and full of interesting undertones and psychological symbolism (all of the monsters represented different aspects of Max's psyche), it was not what I (or I think anyone) expected. Definitely not for kids, i mean there are some kinda scary parts but mostly I imagine it would bore them. Actually, when I saw it in theatres it there were some kids infront of me and I don't think they were into it at all. That being said, it made me feel something that lingered even after teh movie was over, it was very sad and reminded me of my own feelings of loneliness as a child. A very interesting and smart movie but not what I think most people would expect from something based ona classic children's book.
People are so quick to condemn something that is unique and complex. I think this is a magical film that captures the spirit of the book and Sendak himself. If you want to learn more please watch the documentary "Tell Them Anything You Want, A Portrait of Maurice Sendak". Yes, the film deals with the wide range of human emotions: happiness, sadness,joy, loneliness etc. Kids experience these emotions too and that was Sendak's point. Childhood is often a scary place. The book was widely criticized when it was first printed but it quickly became a classic because it spoke to kids. I recommend this to anyone over 6 years of age.
I did not like this movie at all. It has some very dark setting and extremely dark characters.
Bunch of random stuff happening. No story line really, just a hap-hazard movie. Expected more as I read the book when I was little. But it wasn't like the book at all. It was really lame, camera was jerky for no reason at all (normally done to stir adrenaline) and gave me a head-ache. Not the a kids movie at all. Warner Bros President said of the movie:
"I would say it’s a movie for adults first and for a certain kind of child second. It doesn't completely fit your expectation of a pure family film. It’s all good, but it is surprising."
Not a good movie in general, very poorly put together.
To the people wondering what went wrong with this film: Maurice Sendak, the writer of the book which this was based on, also worked on this film. He approved what Dave Eggers came up with as an interpretation of his story. So when you say that "the movie screwed it up" you're essentially saying that the guy who originally wrote the book is stupid. Most of the people rating this film poorly apparently didn't get what the original book was about. I won't elaborate on that since it would do everyone well to educate themselves, but I will say the film caught the essence of the book. Also, to parents taking their kids to these films: USE GOOGLE. Occasionally I'll see a review "warning" parents about films like this as if they've been mislead into believing this is Bridge to Terebithia and not Watership Down, but that isn't the case. Double check online to see if the film is something you'd want your kid seeing. Though really, I've never known anyone who grew up to be a psychopath because they watched Secret of Nimh. I doubt this film will scar the delicate mind of any child.
As a fan of the book & Spike Jonze it's hard to express how disappointed I was with this. Bad acting, script, & plot can't be saved by reasonably acceptable cinematography & costuming. Couldn't sit through more than half.
2nd time watching, it still makes me cry buckets. It's gorgeous, visually, and different from any movie I've ever seen.
I am really surprised at all these comments. Apparently people want to dumb down their kids and make things simple and happy for them. That ain't life. This is an excellent movie.
the people rating this really need to lighten up. they are complete idiots. this is a good film. it is NOT a childrens film, it is a film about childhood. confusing, emotional, and magical.
I can't quite figure out what age group this film is aimed at. I think that younger children (5-7-year-olds, for instance) would find it both terrifying and overly abstract. As an adult, I often found it visually understimulating (all grays and browns, despite the fantastical aspects of some of the Wild Things), occasionally quite disturbing, and ultimately unsatisfying. I alternated between being bored with the movie and trying to figure out the filmmakers' intended audience and message. I'm still wondering whether I may have missed the point.
ATTENTION PARENTS. Don't show young children this movie unless you want them to have long lasting nightmares. I'm a pretty liberal dad, even let my 4yr old watch Spiderman and Avatar, but here's the difference. Those are clear 'he's a good guy-he's a bad guy' stories. This one includes such gems as: getting yelled at and thrown to the floor by your mom; being bullied; imminent threat of death; suffocation; and more! There's no lesson or happy ending. If you want to see how it should have been done, watch "The Gruffalo" Sorry about the rant.
This was a really dumb, boring and stupid movie. Waste of time - Waste of Electrical power.
Boring. Total waste of time. Afterwards my 6 year old said the book was all wrong. I had to explain to him, no, the movie screwed it up.