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.