Oct. 16, 2009, 7:28 a.m. CST
all this Max needed was a fucking smack
Oct. 16, 2009, 7:47 a.m. CST
by Magnum Opus
This movie looks amazing. Eggers is a giant.
Oct. 16, 2009, 8:06 a.m. CST
...great movie, or greatest movie?
Oct. 16, 2009, 8:11 a.m. CST
by God's Brother
Man, do I ever wish I had liked it. I also wish I never saw it... I shoulda stopped at the trailer.
Oct. 16, 2009, 8:11 a.m. CST
You make the call!
Oct. 16, 2009, 8:21 a.m. CST
I don't like it when defenders of this movie get all holier than thou, saying that people who don't enjoy it are just don't understand it, or kids that are bored are just the products of cultural-reference, fart joke CGI movies. Or that they just feel sad towards people who don't enjoy it. To me, that just reeks of condescension.
Oct. 16, 2009, 8:23 a.m. CST
was my favorite as a child, can't wait for 6:30 pm this evening. Seeing it in Imax. Between this and Hillcoat's The Road, I think I will have two new favorites.
Oct. 16, 2009, 8:23 a.m. CST
I read it so long ago , I cannot remember the details. so I'm going to watch it then look at the book with the kids to see what thats like. Spike Jonzes work always impresses me. Good visual style, lots of emotional content. Even when Christopher Walken is in the frame. yeah, i'm proper hype for this. Not really looking for an action flick. A monster flick. Thats how i'm gonna view it. Monster creature other worldly genie stuff.
Oct. 16, 2009, 8:30 a.m. CST
Oct. 16, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST
Oct. 16, 2009, 8:43 a.m. CST
by wampa 1
...but it sure smells good!
Oct. 16, 2009, 8:47 a.m. CST
by Yoda's Ball Sack
Any tears Capone? Massawyrm had tears of relief...........that the movie was finally over.
Oct. 16, 2009, 8:56 a.m. CST
From all accounts, it's not a kids movie, so who cares what kids think of it? It's a movie about a kid, that doesn't make it a kid's movie.
Oct. 16, 2009, 8:57 a.m. CST
This movie is such a success because it made a meaningful film out of a story that is incredibly short. This film is a HEAVILY character...or should I say monster driven story. The monsters are used to study our own behaviors as humans, with each possessing an extreme character trait. I personally loved the film, but I can see how many will not because they will go in expecting something different than what they are presented. On top of the great achievement with the characters and story, the art direction, effects, and feel of the picture is something really special. Go, but be warned, a lot of you maybe disappointed.... I sure as hell wasn't. The only thing that bothered me was a guy in my theatre was howling everytime one of the wild things was howling.
Oct. 16, 2009, 9:39 a.m. CST
If you had a happy childhood...had friends...got on with being a kid...played sports and did outdoor things, you will hate this movie... If you were a geek...the odd one out....the one who only had one or two close friends and were (still are geeky in that it controls your life and thinking)...were the goth, the nerd, the geek, the 'quiet' one...you will love this movie. That's why it has a 67% rating on Tomatoes. That's why some love it with all their heart, whilst others are indifferent. Make your own mind about it, I guess. But it certainly isn't the most anticipated movie of the year for the masses - like it is for the geeks. Not by a long shot.
Oct. 16, 2009, 9:45 a.m. CST
Why is Aintitfatnews pushing this movie so hard?
Oct. 16, 2009, 10 a.m. CST
I saw it last night at the midnight showing. It's every bit as special and awesome as anyone praising it is saying. I was hypnotized by it. Max Records gives a terrific performance and the creature work is genius. It's not the movie they are marketing it is.. but it's better than the movie they are marketing it as. Spike Jonze has taken the book and expanded it the most beautiful way possible. The crowd I saw it with I think were expecting something radically different..and i was in the minority of film geeks but I can't wait to see it again. Harry, your review was spot on.
Oct. 16, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST
What does this movie inspire you to do? Hang out with little kids?
Oct. 16, 2009, 10:17 a.m. CST
without describing why, right? Why yes, indeed we are…
Oct. 16, 2009, 10:17 a.m. CST
Nobody is acknowledging a movie? "why not-ITS BRILLIANT!"People then pickup on that moive?"Its shit and overrated!!" A movie gets more than two positive reviews on this site? "Why is everyone so positive- I BET IT SUCKS!" A movie is a cliched blockbuster, CGI driven, emotionless, characterless mind numbing drivel? "it SUCKS-its a cliched blockbuster, CGI driven, emotionless, characterless mind numbing drivel!!" A movie gets kudos for being the opposite of that? "its boring pretentious crap-WHY ARENT THERE MORE NEGATIVE REVIEWS?!"...All this on site that had talkbackers complaining that Scott Pilgrim was being covered just because they hadnt heard of the book.I have to hand it to ya, the majourity of you guys are tough to please.
Oct. 16, 2009, 10:32 a.m. CST
Should I take my Nintendo DS?
Oct. 16, 2009, 10:49 a.m. CST
It just sounds like such a fucking cliche thing to say. I want to see this movie. But I mean sounds like Capone was copying some lame tag line for some Oscar bait film.
Oct. 16, 2009, 11:24 a.m. CST
I was entranced from the opening shot. Boring? I feel sorry for anyone who walks out of the theatre thinking the movie was boring.
Oct. 16, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST
Oct. 16, 2009, 11:59 a.m. CST
Oct. 16, 2009, 12:12 p.m. CST
I liked it, certainly, but did I love it? I think a 2nd, maybe 3rd viewing is in order.
Oct. 16, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST
Wait for DVD. Trust me.
Oct. 16, 2009, 12:39 p.m. CST
haha, I may have kids, and they get a smack when they climb on furniture, shout obnoxiously, demand attention are rude, and basically behaving like little shits.<p> MonkeyManReturns looks like he said it best and all's them kids he described needed was a fuckin smack.
Oct. 16, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST
Spent my money and found out for myself. Not just pigshit, hipster pigshit.
Oct. 16, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST
Let the retarded hate train commence.
Oct. 16, 2009, 2:26 p.m. CST
I had a normal child hood full of friends, adventure, sports, and love from my parents. That argument is false, this is just a picture with thought and heart.
Oct. 16, 2009, 3:20 p.m. CST
Gee thanks for that genius.
Oct. 16, 2009, 4:02 p.m. CST
Don't you think one of those little red spoiler boxes might be in order for this one? you know... since it's full of spoilers and all.
Oct. 16, 2009, 5:27 p.m. CST
Why the **** should that matter one damn bit? It's a movie, not a babysitter.
Oct. 16, 2009, 6:45 p.m. CST
I didn't like it.
Oct. 16, 2009, 9:02 p.m. CST
I'm actually quite interested in Where the Wild Things Are, so I'd love to read this, but it's by Capone, who writes spoilers without any warnings, so I won't.
Oct. 16, 2009, 10:01 p.m. CST
I liked the kid, good actor and the movie looks cool, but it didn't grab me. I'm a sucker for a sappy movie, but I wasn't feeling any of it. It's not horrible, it's just ok...definately wait for DVD.
Oct. 17, 2009, 6:52 a.m. CST
want to see the movie more then Capone's positive review. Even though technically Capone's review is far superior.
Oct. 17, 2009, 6:55 a.m. CST
Some movies grow on you. Some movies we start hating then, and later loving it. Some movies we dismiss at first and the love. Like how it happened to me with 2001, the first itme i saw it i dismissed as merely a collection of well executed special effects. Today i love it like i love my own blood. Who know if your reaction to WTWTA will not be the same? At least it did caused you a strong emotional impact (hate), didn't it?
Oct. 17, 2009, 7 a.m. CST
Condescension is the people who make those obvious CGI filled kiddies movies with fart jokes and products of cultural-reference, because they assume the public, even kids, are a bunch of idiots which for them any lazy shit will do.<br><br>The truth is that filmmakers like Spike Jonze and movies like WTWTA treat their audiences right and with respect. And those are very few. There's no condescension on filmamkers and movies like WTWTA, nor are there in the people who love and support it, while denouncing the movies who go for the easy way aout and make movies that insults the audience's inteligence. People who praise this movie and dismiss the other flullfy easy commercialist products of cultural-reference, fart joke CGI movies, they are not condescending, quite the contrary.
Oct. 17, 2009, 7:04 a.m. CST
I fear the same as well. Notice that every year, 100 dumb movies are made. but one smarter, more off-beat mvoie that tries fro something original is made, and all it needs is just ONE, and the geeks here will go on arms against it. Why is this so? It's just ONE movie, ONE SINGLE DIFFERENT MOVIE! They have all the other 100 dumber mvoies to safisfy with, why should they care about the single exception? Adn want that signle exception to match up and became another one of the other 100 dumb milquetoasts? Why is this so?<br><br>Every year, we are lucky if ONE off-beat movie gets made. adn yet, one is made and gets a royal shallacking from the geeks! Who can understand this?
Oct. 17, 2009, 7:27 a.m. CST
"It's a movie about a kid, that doesn't make it a kid's movie"<br><br>Correct.
Oct. 17, 2009, 9:15 a.m. CST
Wow, some guys here are really getting wet for this. And slamming anyone who DARES!!!! say a bad word about it. Because we're attacking their CHILDHOODS!!!!! and nerds HATE THAT!!!!! Jeezus, get the FUCK real. My sister took her kid last night and she was bored and he was more bored. She had to bribe the little monkey with Twizzlers and coke to get him to stay in his seat, and I bet he - and she - are paying for it this morning. Heh hehe, better her than me. I'll take the little scamp to see Astro Boy; hopefully that'll serve as an antidote to what sounds like a giant plush-filled pretentious load of nerd therapy. Eccchhkkk.
Oct. 17, 2009, 8:31 p.m. CST
I loved it, My 7 year old kid loved it, and I don't know if it's a difference between American kids and Canadian kids or what, but I've never heard more reverential silence in a matinee PACKED full of kids before in my life. Too boring for kids my ass!
Oct. 18, 2009, 7:27 a.m. CST
because their parents cant even watch a subtitled movie and feel the need to get them remade... You americans are dumbing down the world.
Oct. 18, 2009, 10:57 a.m. CST
Oct. 18, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST
And WTWTA was made in AMERICA, thank you very much. And do I hear a thank you in turn for kicking Hitler off your shores? Hmmm? Waiting! *crickets*
Oct. 18, 2009, 6:50 p.m. CST
I WAS GONNA PUFF SOME STUFF AND DRINK ABSINTHE HAPSBURG 89% DURING THE SHOW. I AM GLAD I DIDNT WTWA WOULD F@#k YOUR HIGH UP IF U WENT TO GET A HIPPY EXPERENCIE. I LOVE MAX'S POV IT WAS GREAT BUT THE WILD THINGS ARE SUCH DOWNERS THAT WHEN THEY TRY TO DO FUN STUFF IT IS F@#KING BORING. I LOVE ART HOUSE FANTASY FILMS THERE HAVE BEEN MANY GOOD ONES BUT THIS ONE BLOWS. NOW BRING ON THAT H.R PUFFIN STUFF MOVIE THAT IS IN THE WORKS. YES I WANT TO GET HIGH ON A FUN ISLAND WITH A FLYING WITCH AND SOME GOOFY MOFO'S.
Oct. 18, 2009, 9:54 p.m. CST
The trailer absolutely knocked me out and moved me. My partner and I were excited to see it, she was almost giddy for it. Even so, I think we still had realistic expectations for it.<p>Which is why we were sad to be so disappointed by it.<p>They got so much right. The creatures were brilliant. The look of the film was perfect. The tone was great, and there were many moving and sincere moments throughout the film.<p>So what was there not to like?<p>We, the people we went with, and seemingly most everyone else in the theater with us left with a "that's it?" feeling, because after the brilliant setup, the film didn't go anywhere. It created such a true, spot-on emotional context for a confused young boy, and then stopped. There was no journey, no progress, no movement. Just--here's this fantastic world, and everyone's sad, the end. We weren't looking for an insincere, everything's-fine ending. But the movie simply stalled once it established things on the island. There was no development for anyone past that point. What the creatures represented was muddled and unresolved. Max's struggles were muddled and unresolved. He left the island spontaneously without anything having really been learned or any of the emotional investment we'd made in the creatures being rewarded at all. Suddenly it's just time to go home, mom's kooky and imperfect, the end. <p>Huh? That's fine for a picture book, but not for a feature film. And I guess that's what I didn't like about this. They took the innocent setup of the book and made it deeper and more troubled, fleshed out the island and creatures as something deeper and more emotionally complex, but then all we get is a quick cop-out of a third act.<p>If leaving the fantasy world behind as an incomplete solution to life's realities is the point of this thing, I think it's a pretty weak point, and one that shortchanges the imaginative energy that gives the movie all of its life.<p>This film got so much right, yet in the end didn't really have much at all to say.<p>On the way out of the theater, my partner lamented that the Arcade Fire song from the trailer wasn't in the film. That for me, was meaningful: what that song, wedded to the trailer, hinted at is exactly what was missing from the film itself: the joy, the exultation. The result just kind of left us all a bit sad.
Oct. 18, 2009, 10:47 p.m. CST
The other two being District 9 and Watchmen.
Oct. 18, 2009, 10:49 p.m. CST
Did you miss the moment he finally realized that Carol was acting the way HE was acting toward his mom? Then he realized that he maybe should take it easier on her. Carol's behavior is the key to the whole thing. Not to mention K.W. being his "mother" figure and he literally returns to her womb and is reborn. Jonze didn't cram it down our throats and for this I thank him.
Oct. 18, 2009, 10:52 p.m. CST
<p>I had a reaction to this film I was not expecting, and it's the same one I had to Batman Begins. The real-life story that anchors it is stronger than the fantasy elements that follow.</p><p>It seems bizarre to say I enjoyed Bruce Wayne's story more before he becomes Batman or Max's story more before he sails of to Where the Wild Things Are, but I guess that just speaks to how strongly anchored these two films are.</p><p>I LOVE the fact that I have no idea what's going to happen next in this film. I find it strange that it is almost always the worst case scenerio. This movie reminded me of what it's like to be a kid perhaps more than any other film, and it reminded me that it isn't the rosy picture we probably prefer to recall.</p><p>The worst of being a kid is that we don't have control over anything and this film recreates that beautifully. It also illustrates why that's very fortunate.</p><p>I also find it interesting that we aren't sure how much Max has really taken away from this experience. As kids we have to learn the same lessons over and over before we are able to socially train ourselves. I get the sense that Max isn't done playing aggressive games at the end of this film because he likes them, even though the frequently prove the old saying "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye".</p><p>I really like this movie, but it's not exactly "fun". It is often chaotic and usually tense and stressful. I can't believe this is a major release because it's more like a little art film. A LOT of parents are going to be ticked off for taking their kid to this because there are several sequences that border on horror and I really did not expect that. The marketing certainly doesn't hint at that aspect.</p><p>The wild things themselves work perfectly. The CGI blends in with the suits and you just believe they exist. They don't even seem that out of the ordinary for that world. The blend in with their environment and interract realistically with each other.</p><p>The acting is universally superb. There is not one dishonest moment in the film. Katherine Keener and Max Records knock it out of the park. In fact I would not be surprised if Keener got an Oscar nomination for her 10 minutes of screen time.</p><p>The score is just bizarre. More odd sounds than music, it heightens tension while infusing whimsey. It brings a schitsophrenic feeling to the surface that feels appropriate to the story.</p><p>I think that's the real heart of the story, children are fricken NUTS! They don't do things that make sense, but rather react to their inner feelings. They are wild things before they develop a social conscience. The adult in me really wanted him to apologize to his mother at the end, but this movie isn't so much about reconciliation as it is about forging a path to self-actualization. This is something only vaguely hinted at in the book, but probably what has made it so successful for so long.</p><p>Truthfully I'm sure I would have enjoyed a lighter, more adventure-oriented version too, but this is something special. I can't remember the last time a major studio put out such a risky piece of art. My one complaint might be that the wild things mimic Max's home life a little too much, but that's nitpicking to the extreme. This is an instant classic, a film kids will watch over and over throughout their lives, picking up a little more each time.</p>
Oct. 18, 2009, 11:44 p.m. CST
...that's where my "that's it?" feeling comes in. They make a feature film and the only outcome is Max decides he should take it easier on his mom? I thought the setup was deep but the payoff rushed and shallow.<p>And it's debatable whether Max really learned anything, or if he just ran from himself and back to the broken safety of mom.<p>Personally, I'd have preferred Max going to and from this fantasy well a few times over the course of the film, and in the process really building some understanding of what was going on and coming to peace with those monsters in himself. Not to the extent that he's completely "cured" by the end, but the ambiguous and detached departure from the island made the whole thing seem like an overlong vignette rather than a journey that merited a feature-length presentation.<p>To me, the ending felt hasty, tacked-on, and lacking an emotional payoff that did justice to what came before it.
Oct. 19, 2009, 12:25 a.m. CST
That's why I really wanted him to apologize to his mom at the end. That would have gone against his character though. I think the only time we see Max apologize is to goatboy, and that's more just to address an uncomfortable moment.</p><p>As I stated in my reviewm, it is unclear whether or not Max has learned anything from this experience. I'm not sure, from a storytelling perspective, if that is a good thing or not. It's probably the most realistic approach however. How many times have you told a kid not to do something and you can tell that they understand and that they are earnest when they say they won't do it again, then they do it again? Children lack morals, they just do. Morality is something they grow into over time. Arguably these morals are not arrived at via lesson-learning, but rather a chemical change in their brain. Only AFTERWARDS can they derive life lessons from their past experiences.</p><p>I think this film is actively trying to avoid the pitfall of depicting children as little adults with all the moral capacity we have. So while we're looking for a traditional moral story, the Max character isn't capable of providing that. it would be disingenuous to have him suddenly devlop a moral conscience through thi8s one experience despite our traditional storytelling training saying he should. My two cents anyway.</p>
Oct. 19, 2009, 8:53 a.m. CST
I agree that the traditional moral arc wouldn't have worked and would have betrayed the honesty of how they set up the turmoil of a young boy. As satisfying as that would have been in one way, it would have cheapened things.<p>But I was still left wanting something more--something besides just going there, having a little freakout, then running home. I think the film built a rich and complex enough world to say more, then didn't. Even if Max never really figured himself out, I think they could have given us a few different there-and-back-again episodes, letting the audience see and understand more about Max and his dual lives, and in the process making the journey more satisfying for us, the outside observers.<p>That, to me, would have been a good way way to remain honest to Max's own confusion--which he couldn't fully come to terms with at his age--while giving the viewers more than just a snapshot of one brief moment in a child's mind. Even if Max couldn't have tied things up neatly with a bow, he could have progressed in his relationship with all of his 'monsters' in some way that worked better for the viewer.
Oct. 19, 2009, 10:42 a.m. CST
<p>It's an interesting idea but I think it would have overcomplicated things. For one, you would have to develop transitions between each episode. I suppose you could just "cut to" him being back at the island, but that might have felt jarring and could produce the effect of feeling ripped out of whatever drama was currently going on. It would also solidify the idea that the island was not real. I think they were actively trying to avoid that notion which is probably why they didn't have Max's bedroom transform.</p><p>I suppose the proper way to tell both stories would be to have the monsters in his real world, but only him being able to see them. That would have betrayed the book though. It would be a cool idea for a sequel if they ever did one though.</p>
Oct. 19, 2009, 11:36 a.m. CST
...be the new name for monkey-loving monday's pre-game activities. That said, "bribing the little monkey" with Twizzlers and Coke in order to get him to sit still in a theatre is like fucking for chastity. Sounds like WTWA was ABOUT kids like your nephew, if not for him. A movie about adults in giant furry costumes may, or may not be too intellectual for you, I don't know. But WTWA was in fact the opposite of intellectual, the emotions and behaviors it explored are not just (appropriately) juvenile, they are downright primitive. So primitive that the only way to discuss them is with polysyllabic phsycobabble. Which is why it was impressive that WTWA managed to dodge all of the aweful pretension that could be generated from diving into a child's psyche.
Oct. 19, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST
Oct. 19, 2009, 6:34 p.m. CST
It would have been more challenging to pull off. When I suggested that idea, I was thinking of the Neverending Story film. A different beast, but I thought that worked very well and had a nice, satisfying journey and mystery and buildup that developed over the course of it.<p>Really, I can't fault the WTWTA film as objectively flawed. As a single snapshot of the psyche of a boy, it was pretty much dead-on and the monster world was fantastically realized. I just wasn't personally expecting the absence of plot, and in my subjective view it was less satisfying--even a great missed opportunity--as a result.<p>But my thoughts are just idle speculation--no point in telling an artist what they should have expressed--and consumer feedback. I'm glad this film was made and, if this is the exact vision Jonze wanted, then I'm glad for that too.