Sunday, March 7, 2010

We have medication for this now....."Where the Wild Things Are"

I could say "Where the Wild Things Are" is a slow paced but sweet movie about family life with a hopeful ending where all sins are forgiven. I would be lying. I spent the first 20 minutes wondering if I was watching an American Family Association PSA about the dangers of single parenthood or a highly produced commercial for the newest attention deficit drug. Max, our main character is isolated with no outlet for his energy or imagination. He takes this out on his well meaning but overworked mother as well as his ambivalent older sister. His acts of bratty aggression escalates until he bites his mother. Yes, you read that correctly. I cannot imagine what would have happened if I had done that at Max's age. Once he has run away and is living among the wild things, we are treated to a long lecture from child psychology 101. Reviews are mixed and I am sure some die hard fan could write a 1000 word essay on everything I am "not getting" but I'll pass.


m36 said...

Some things are better left in their original state. In my opinion, it's very difficult to take a magical book and make it into a magical movie.

Mocking Movies said...

True and the book was only 48 pages and more illustrations than text. you will have to let me know what you think if you watch it. Maybe I was just cranky when I watched it.