Where the Wild Things Are

Jays Rating:

In 1963 an illustrated children’s book was written by Maurice Sendak containing 9 sentences and 20 pages and somehow it’s being made into a full length film titled Where The Wild Things Are. Max Records plays a 9 year old boy with a vivid imagination who is sent to his room for misbehaving and there he is transported to a jungle full of ferocious but gentle creatures. The leader of the animals is Carol (voice of James Gandolfini) who helps make the boy their king but later changes his mind. The script for this film is impressive with scenes full of emotion and imagination. I couldn’t see the costumes that were made for the creatures but I hear they are good enough that we may be seeing the names of the designers during award season. If you are a non reader of the book and if you’re looking for an entertaining movie continue reading. First, I had a hard time having any sympathy for a boy who is a brat and lies to everybody. Second, except for fans of the book I’m not sure who will really enjoy this film. Kids will enjoy the jumping around and playful fighting between the animals but Adults will quickly tire of the repetitive horsing around. Third the film drags in several spots and I can’t see (no pun intended) kids sitting through it with out wanting to punch one of the animals. (Wait that was me and I also wanted to spank the kid) Since I’m blind I’m always listening to what people say around me and as I was leaving the theater I heard an older lady say “no I’m not reading the book if it’s anything like the movie” I guess the reason I find that so funny is because the book can probably be read in 2 minutes. Spending over one-hundred million dollars this film was very well made but I just wasn’t thrilled with it and I’m giving it a C+ rating.

This movie has been given a PG rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.