Where the Wild Things Are

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    Oct 20, 2009 4:03 PM GMT
    If you haven't watched it yet, go see it. An amazing movie that did the book great justice and then some. I was blown away.

    Any one else watch it yet?

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    Oct 20, 2009 5:03 PM GMT
    Good movie! Everyone should watch it. Kinda violent, though, with the rock throwing, arm ripping, and king eating. icon_eek.gif but MAN does KW have skill icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 20, 2009 5:06 PM GMT
    I can't wait! This was one of my favorite stories as a kid.
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    Oct 20, 2009 5:11 PM GMT
    i thought it was pretty sweet. it was very much a kids movie, but like the book, it can speak to just about anybody. theres a lot of stuff for adult: overall, i thought it was a pretty deep movie. well worth a trip to the movie theater if you ask me.
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    Oct 20, 2009 5:24 PM GMT
    I liked it a lot. Saw it with my friends and two of their kids. I warned them it might be too dark for their 4 yo, but they didn't read the email. They did take him out of the theater twice during intense parts. Their 8 yo seemed to like it. I read a handful of reviews in advance, so I knew what to expect. The melding of the monster costumes with CGI faces were amazing. The kid gives an effortless authentic performance, never hits a fault note.

    While I'm not sure it's Oscar-winner-worthy, it is a really well-made film. I could certainly see it getting a nomination, but I'm not sure I'd quite call this the best film of the year, but it is quite good.
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    Oct 20, 2009 5:27 PM GMT
    I saw this last week Sat in preview, and thought it was really boring.

    I'm completely thrown by the positive reviews from both critics and laymen who've seen the movie and loved it.

    Most of the audience, a majority of kids, felt the same way as me.

    I don't get it.icon_confused.gif
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    Oct 20, 2009 5:47 PM GMT
    Like it better as just a story book.
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    Oct 20, 2009 6:06 PM GMT
    It's good to read your comments. Most of my friends are NOT recommending it. I'm seeing huge differences of opinions on this one. I suppose I should just see it for myself.

    I don't have a strong childhood connection to the book. I rememeber I thought the illustration was cool, but that's about it. Seems like the movie isn't holding up well for those who identify strongly with the book.
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    Oct 20, 2009 6:08 PM GMT
    Visually I loved it. And the Karen O. soundtrack has been stuck in my head all week. The actor who plays the boy is also amazing.When he set off to sea, I was in awe and totally hooked.
    However, once he landed on the island, I felt like I was in therapy, circa 1970.
    The characters all blatantly representing some form of neurosis, often ones stereotypically tied to divorce. (loneliness, resentment, destructive tendencies, feeling invisible, etc.) In other words, they were a bunch of emo's holding up a mirror to Max. (it became really obvious during the dirt ball fight mirroring exactly what happened to max in the beginning of the film with the snow)
    Max sets out on this grand adventure to escape his own anger and resentment, only to discover an island full of it .
    And yes, these were monsters imagined by a 9yo to make sense of his own life, but I was hoping for more, I guess. (Building a Utopia with these damaged and lonely monsters is a metaphor for rebuilding his broken family, no? The williamsburg/silver lake monster with the cool friends (owls) he didn't understand , but wanted to, was basically his sister). And I suppose the whole point was that Max sees himself in these "creatures" and realizes he needs to go home and fix things there rather than stay on the island . If his relationship to the "wild things" was a catalyst to make him grow up, it's largely lost. I almost cared more about the monsters and his mother than I did Max. I wouldn't have cared if he was eaten, it may have livened things up a bit.

    The final scene where he comes back (after screaming "feed me woman! and biting his mother in front of her new BF), just to sit silently at the table with his mother, was intentionally sparse (as if to suggest the audience should take a moment to ponder what just unfolded) but I just felt empty and glad it was over.

    I liked it just fine, but it didn't live up to the hype.
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    Oct 20, 2009 8:05 PM GMT
    I heard it was fantastic. Can't wait to see it.
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    Oct 20, 2009 8:18 PM GMT
    I think Ciarsolo7 is a wild thing.

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    Oct 20, 2009 8:28 PM GMT
    i agree, the move was good and captured some really cool elements of the book. The different personalities of the wild things as a reflection of max and the people in his life was an interesting perception.

    Then someone got their arm ripped off and the movie felt strange from then.
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    Oct 20, 2009 9:01 PM GMT
    so i am pretty much obsessed with WTWTA... i plan on getting a quarter sleeve done that goes into a chest piece... but any ways... it was definitely a spike jonze movie... and if you dont like his stuff then you probably wont like this... i loved it... but then again i ready many articles about how the movie was filmed and how the entire transformation from paper to screen took place... so needless to say i have been in anticipation for quite some time now!!...
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    Oct 20, 2009 11:00 PM GMT
    I thought the movie was good...I didnt expect to laugh at the monsters the way I did but it was cool and they were funny. Understanding your feelings and trying to manage your angry was what I saw the movie was trying to get across and then the arm came off and I was like leave it to hollywood to add the special something. All and all it was cool my boo and I enjoyed it.
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    Oct 20, 2009 11:17 PM GMT
    I personally did not enjoy it. My dad used to read the story to me every night for about 7 years...so I know the story like the back of my hand. With a story that only has 8 sentences, the movie has a huge time slot to fill. I felt they filled it, and the characters were done pretty well, but it made me feel at sometimes as if they were using time fillers.

    With that said, I don't enjoy the fact that kids who probably won't be reading this wonderful story, instead they will go see the movie instead of using their own imaginations to create the characters. I am personally against books turned into movies because I feel as if you create the characters in your mind, as does the director and actors of the movie, therefore it is only the directors vision of how he / she feels the character should portray themselves, and on top of that the actors bring their own persona onto the set. So in reality you're just watching the directors view on literature.

    Blah, blah rant rant. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 21, 2009 3:30 PM GMT
    mnjock2003 saidVisually I loved it. And the Karen O. soundtrack has been stuck in my head all week. The actor who plays the boy is also amazing.When he set off to sea, I was in awe and totally hooked.
    However, once he landed on the island, I felt like I was in therapy, circa 1970.
    The characters all blatantly representing some form of neurosis, often ones stereotypically tied to divorce. (loneliness, resentment, destructive tendencies, feeling invisible, etc.) In other words, they were a bunch of emo's holding up a mirror to Max. (it became really obvious during the dirt ball fight mirroring exactly what happened to max in the beginning of the film with the snow)
    Max sets out on this grand adventure to escape his own anger and resentment, only to discover an island full of it .
    And yes, these were monsters imagined by a 9yo to make sense of his own life, but I was hoping for more, I guess. (Building a Utopia with these damaged and lonely monsters is a metaphor for rebuilding his broken family, no? The williamsburg/silver lake monster with the cool friends (owls) he didn't understand , but wanted to, was basically his sister). And I suppose the whole point was that Max sees himself in these "creatures" and realizes he needs to go home and fix things there rather than stay on the island . If his relationship to the "wild things" was a catalyst to make him grow up, it's largely lost. I almost cared more about the monsters and his mother than I did Max. I wouldn't have cared if he was eaten, it may have livened things up a bit.

    The final scene where he comes back (after screaming "feed me woman! and biting his mother in front of her new BF), just to sit silently at the table with his mother, was intentionally sparse (as if to suggest the audience should take a moment to ponder what just unfolded) but I just felt empty and glad it was over.

    I liked it just fine, but it didn't live up to the hype.


    I think you summed up the concept of the monsters perfectly, at the same time I think its important to remember that a great deal of life was given to a story that for the most part was rather shallow and without depth. The actually story book when max returns home it simply ends with: "and his dinner was still warm."

    I actually appreciated the fact that Max was not completely the most important character in the story, because this is his process of realizing that he is not king of the world and the universe does not revolve around him. I think it was imporant for the monsters to out shine him given that they are very much a characature of himself. I think the epiphany that shows that he has grown up was done very well, rather than some big obvious moment of voiced change, we see the maturity in him in the way he begins to respond to his own rage and understanding how spontaneously irrational and scary it can be.

    I think the film truly does have a feel to it, that more whimsical heart broken tone very much like the soundtrack that will probably appeal more to some than others though.

    I will also go on to say that it is very different from the book. I know this because the book made me jealous of Max and the film kind of made me glad I wasn't him lol.
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    Oct 21, 2009 3:33 PM GMT
    timmie69 saidI thought the movie was good...I didnt expect to laugh at the monsters the way I did but it was cool and they were funny. Understanding your feelings and trying to manage your angry was what I saw the movie was trying to get across and then the arm came off and I was like leave it to hollywood to add the special something. All and all it was cool my boo and I enjoyed it.


    my boyfriend cried when the arm got ripped off lol.
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    Oct 29, 2009 7:50 PM GMT
    The movie was awesome and definitely did justice to the book icon_surprised.gif. My mom read that book to me and my brother practically every night when we were little. As a tribute, my brother and I took Mom to go see it one night before dinner.