Friday, October 16, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are, Finally

Well, the reviews are in. Los Angeles Times says nay. New York Times says yay. My expectations are so high at this point... it almost can't do anything but stink. I guess I'll know come tomorrow morning. In the meantime, if you happen to see the movie today, drop me a note and give me one last chance to decide if it's indeed age appropriate for a five-year-old. Anyways, have a wild weekend you guys! (PS. I am so excited my stomach actually hurts.)

8 comments:

Brad said...

Saw an advanced screening on Wednesday and the theatre was packed with families. I should prime this by saying I loved the book as a kid and I absolutely adore this movie. That being said, the movie is surprisingly dark in tone and kids in the audience seemed confused by what was happening and why Max and the Wild Things behaved the way that they did. There were plenty of occasions where I could hear kids crying and I saw several families have to leave the theatre because their kids were too scared. I would recommend that kids under 8 not be taken.

ccr in MA said...

I haven't seen it, but the Boston Globe reviewer went with two 12-year-olds, one of whom announced at the end, "That is not a children's movie." The reviewer said it's more a movie about children than for children.

Antmusic said...

I am reading the Wild Things novel by Eggers right now... good so far, but it says "all ages" and it has what I would call semi-swearing that you would ever read in a children's book ("godd*mmit" etc)

Scribbler said...

yea... the boy gets enough of the GDIt at home. ha!

caryn the designer said...

Saw it tonight! Loved it dearly. Am thoroughly thrilled by it and Spike Jonze is even more endeared to me. I have to agree with the other comments though that I don't think this is a kid movie. There were quite a few families and it felt really tense throughout. (Heard one kid near the beginning say he didn't want to see any more.) It is very dark, several scenes I can only imagine the terror I would have felt as a child. I think kids under 8-9 would be best not to see it, especially in theaters. (Also, I actually thought of your little bird-loving boy and wanted to warn you. Not sure he would be happy about a couple bird scenes…) You should definitely see it though!

Scribbler said...

thanks guys.... me thinks I'll go alone first and then decide whether it's a dvd renter.

jess said...

Just got back from watching it. I agree with the other comments. There was a father with a young child sitting behind me and she was asking questions the whole time. I don't think I even fully understood what was going on and I'm a college student. hahaha

heather said...

I loved this movie. Just saw it tonight. I don't think it is appropriate for young children, but it is so good. The movie is deep and still has me thinking about it. Don't want to give anything away, but I think you will love it. Yes, it might be slow at times, but to me it was perfect because it made me think more about little things. Hope you enjoy it.

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