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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

Writer: Spike Jonze & Dave Eggers (screenplay), Maurice Sendak
Director: Spike Jonze
Starring: Max Records, James Gandolfini

Kid lashes out at his mom, goes into a fantasy world, and learns that people suck everywhere, regardless of species.

The Woman
i didn't like it. it was way boring. knowing who directed it kept bringing up the music video factor, and i think he should stick to  2-4 minutes. that's about how much of this movie held my interests. it got old real fast. i can appreciate the concept. i don't mean to come off so harsh, but jeebus. boring.

That synopsis is more flippant than my attitude toward this movie.  I actually liked this.  Technically, it was superb; and that adjective applies to both the character generation and the voice acting.  Sets and backdrops integrate seamlessly.

Story-wise, this is the very definition of "inspired by."  It takes a 50- (or whatever) word book and turns it into a feature film; and I think it does that by expanding on the themes in that book rather than by shitting on them.  Where I think it went a little astray was in having him actually run away from home rather than this being another closet-fantasy.  I don't think we need that level of danger to the character.  And, yes, I think it hammers on a few points a little too much; but it does so to a far lesser extent than so many of the titles that cross our paths.

What happens here is that this kid develops some empathy for his mother. It's unlikely that said empathy will stick with him--he's like, 10, or something--but it's there for a little bit.  For a little while, at least, he understands some things.

(As a vaguely-interesting aside, we're at the point with Gravy where we're watching all these movies which are based on books.  In general, the ones that shit on the source material are more successful; a lot of the current crop of commercialized YA novels are pretty weak.)

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