Monday, October 26, 2009

"Where the Wild Things Are" Film Review

Maybe because I am the mother of a sensitive boy with a great imagination, maybe because I am a sensitive person, or maybe because it is just so well done, this movie really bowled me over. I wasn't really sure what to expect from it, and just before seeing the film I read the book at Chapters. It's a children's picture book so they obviously had to expand on the story and wow did they do an amazing job! I was so touched I had tears trickling down my cheeks at several different parts throughout the film. Zaak asked me if I was crying at the end, and by then I had somewhat pulled myself together but him asking me set me off again!

The creatures were done by the Jim Henson Company and Jim Henson would be so proud if he was still alive! They are incredibly believable and likable, these puppets have come a long way since the Muppets and Sesame Street.

The soundtrack is also amazing. All the songs are original and by "Karen O and the Kids." The music perfectly enhances the beauty, humor and sadness in the film.

So, Zaak is usually the film reviewer in our family but I beat him to this one :)
I give "Where the Wild Things Are" two enthusiastic thumbs up!


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Christy said...

We didn't really care for it. Too confusing I thought. It just seemed weird and dark and sad. I know it ends with a reconcilliation with his mom but I felt it was too "deep" for a children's movie.
I am glad you liked it. What is that saying? Different strokes for different folks!

Anonymous said...

Awww.. I am going to have to check it out. I have never read the book, but I am somewhat interested. You wrote a beautiful review. :)

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Stephanie said...

I absolutely loved this movie but I don't think I'd actually bring young children with me to see it.

I found it profoundly and intensely emotional and found myself crying during several scenes. I think the depth would be lost on most children and it would come across as sad or scary or dark. As an adult, I had an appreciation for the emotions it evoked.

I hope to see it again, and cry again, and enjoy every moment of it.

Amber said...

Christy - it's definitely not a kids movie

Sunkissed Sister - Thanks :)

Stephanie - Well said! Glad you enjoyed it too.

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