You know the page in the book where Max is sitting with his head in his hands feeling forlorn while all the wild things sleep? Now imagine exploring that various sides of that mopeyness for an hour plus. Snooze fest. Only the costumes do justice to the Sendak's work. The inclusion of the divorce theme had potential, but even that failed to come through for me.
2.9 stars. 'Where the Mopey Things Are'. I was pretty disappointed at the time mostly because, as for many, Sendak's book for a childhood favourite of great fun and wildness. I was a pretty wimpy and not especially wild kid, so the book for a great imaginative release for me! Jonez' film looks gorgeous and provides a poetic phenomenological experience, but wild it is not.
A film people hated on release, and forgot about now, this film is Spike Jonze's best work as a director. My score my be over-inflated because it's a very personal film to me, but this film captures what it feels like better than any other what it's like to be a rebellious child who feels forgotten by the world. It is a story about escaping the pain of life, and the realization that that also entails escaping the joy
Dares to show that kids have psychological issues and anger problems that only a good psychologist can help. It is a demanding film that tries to go a little deeper in a darker place than what is usual for a family movie and it can be hard to root for a kid that is angry and unlikable, but even then the film gives us a great detailed universe with impressive big monsters.
Jonze's vision and Burwell's score effortlessly immerse us into the vibrant childhood psyche, letting us savor its innocent joy and imaginative wonders, but quickly warning us of the emotional collateral damage it can bear. Reminded me of my euphoric, seemingly boundless childhood, and yet instructed me to take that scary, crucial next step to this thing called "adult". Thank you, Spike.
Spike Jonze has yet to make a single feature film that has been less than a masterpiece, and Where the Wild Things Are is no exception. Hauntingly shot, emotionally evocative, and one of the most moving depictions of growing up I can think of from the past decade, this movie hit me hard and it won't let me forget it.
Non sempre essere piccoli garantisce spensieratezza, anzi spesso la vita di un bambino è un turbinio di emozioni contrastanti legate tra loro da rapporti complesssi. Max è un bambino complicato, raccontato perfettamente tramite i personaggi di questo film, rappresentanti i vari stati d'animo presenti nella mente del piccolo protagonista. Un film da vedere almeno due volte. Peccato per la sceneggiatura non ottima.
La fuga di Max e le sue esperienze sono ben raccontate e ben analizzano la sua psiche. I mostri sono irresistibili e con un'aura minacciosa. Max capirà come il suo comportamento metta in crisi la madre. Atmosfera magica, con una fotografia curata e dai toni insolitamente cupi. La regia trasmette bene il messaggio ed emoziona ed affascina. Canzoni fin troppo ricercate ma belle e ben utilizzate. Ottimi effetti speciali