Saturday, March 20, 2010

Movie: Where the Wild Things Are

You know when you finish a movie, and your first thought is huh that the movie isn't going to get a good review. When the 7 year old and 15 year old also expressed disatisfaction, I knew I wasn't being overly critical. I sat on this review for a few days before writing it. I think I was still hopeful that the movie would grow on me. Sometimes they do even after they are finished. This one did not.

I have not diliked a movie as much I disliked this one in a long while. I kept hoping it would get better and it did not. The plot was lacking, the connection to the characters did not occur. At times I was quite confused, and those confusions were not cleared up. The climax was unrewarding and the ending was rather uneventful.

Additionally the book is a children's book. The movie is NOT a children's movie. It was scary. Not Harry Potter and the Scorcer's Stone scary. Really Scary. I jumped. I closed my eyes. If one must watch this movie, I would not recommend watching this with kids.

On a positive note, I will say the scene design and the costuming seemed spot on with how to turn Sendak's illustrations into a three-dimensional reality. I truly appreciated the dwelling structure's design. 

I did watch it until the end. There are films I quit on.

1 out 5 stars to the film.


  1. I haven't heard anything good about this movie, to tell you the truth. My husband almost brought it home the other day for the kids, and I'm glad that he decided on "Planet 51" instead! Thanks for the honest review, that's how I avoid wasting my money on bad movies and bad books, LOL!

  2. I have to agree with you about this movie. I watched it the other night with my older children. I still have mixed feelings about it. I found some of the parts quite disturbing and Max to be a brat.
    My kids liked "KW" though because she sounds and talks just like I do. (Now that is scary! LOL)

  3. Thanks for filling me in on this movie! It is really too bad that movies rarely portray the books 100%...

  4. we almost got this one from redbox the other night.. glad we didn't, I haven't heard anything good about it either!

  5. additionally: I felt the same way after watching the princess and the frog.