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The Wild Ideas That Kids Come Up With MIght Come True Sometimes.

  • Feb 1, 2010
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I know that this movie has been out for a while now but I like waiting to use my five buck card to go and see the show that way if I am disappointed I am not out that much money. So I decided to surprise my daught4er with an afternoon at the show. I have seen a lot of ads showing this movie and I thought what could be the harm of a little boy using his imagination to get away from the stress of daily life of a child.

I have heard that the book was a very short and I was wondering how that they were going to make a full length movie out of such a short book. But just like the titanic movie if they did it then, then they could do it again. They were able to stretch that short book into a 100 minute movie. I was surprised to see that they were able to intertwine the book and the movie into one thing.

Maurice Sendak was the producer which I have never heard of, but that does not mean any thing because there are a lot of things that I have not ever heard of. The other people that had an essential part of the making of this movie and that was Dave Eggers and spike Jonze Even though that they did not come out of behind the scenes you can tell that they put their heart and soul into this movie. This show does a good thing to draw the parents to bring the kids out to see the movie, the advertisements that show the scenes about the play time scenes about Max playing the king of his imaginary world are very cute.

What is saw that was a little questionable was I never saw him being banished to his room; the move shows him running away from his mom. If it did show this banishment I must have missed it. The next thing that I saw was just hardly believably that a little bow knew how to sail a boat to a far away island by himself. This troubled boy is just like a lot of kids now a day, and even my own grandchildren have this problem with being very active and wanting to get their way and throwing tantrums to get the results that they want.

In today’s world this child would have been tested by the school and given a drug of some type such as Ritalin or the equivalent of. For some unknown reason Max meets up with some giant monsters the are furry and have large heads with pointy teeth and are just about to eat Max and that is when he makes up a story about defeating some Vikings and being a king of his far away land. The monsters are amazed with this story but still need more convincing so Max tells them that he has powers that will make their minds blow up just by thinking that he could do this.

I hear that there is a small book out that is supposed to be the idea for this movie but I have not seen this book. This takes a lot to use the computer graphics and imagery to develop a good movie. Max tells them that if they will build a fort that no one would be allowed to come in and if the outsiders did get in then he would destroy them. Just like the book titanic this movie had to embellish on the story to make it long enough for the big screen.

Even though you could not tell who was acting underneath the big costumes, the acting was excellent especially the part of Max played by Max Records and up and coming child actor. The way that Max played his part and the way that the monsters interacted with him was extra special. Max had an extra special bond with one of the giant monsters and where Max tries to show that he is king but he is always changing the rules to fit the way that Max wants things to be. Other characters that help this movie make it is: James Gandolfini voice of Carol, Forest Whittaker makes a small appearance and does not say much until the end and is the voice of Ira, Mark Ruffalo has a very small part in the beginning as the boy friend, Catherine Keener is the mother of Max, Max does an excellent job all during the whole movie, this seems like a large roll for any youngster to endure but he works well with all of the other actors.

This movie is rated PG and usually they do not get the rating right but in this case you do not have to worry this is excellent for all of the kids and adults alike. In modern times the actions of a child like Max would not be tolerated at least not in our house. Hopefully this movie will not give any children any ideas that if they act like this it will go unpunished. Sure the mom was just glad to see the child come back but he also needed to be taught that he can not just run away from his problems. Even though this was a very good movie and we did enjoy there were parts that were not believable that is why I can only give it 3.5 stars out of five stars.


Movie Mood: Family Movie
Viewing Method: Other
Film Completeness: A few glitches, but mostly complete.
Worst Part of this Film: Nothing

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February 02, 2010
I absolutely loved the book as a child, so I'll definitely have to see this soon.  I've heard mixed reviews about this film, but I think you gave it a good weigh out.  Thanks for sharing, Harold! :)
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review by . March 31, 2010
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I think there's a lot to be said for this movie. The monsters and setting are realistic yet have an air of fantasy about them. The story is subtle in its exploration of growing up and family politics. While kids might see it as a jaunt through a fantasy with monsters, adults will recognize personal foibles they will likely have encountered at home or in the office.    Unfortunately, the movie is marred by a few bad decisions. First off, the kid Max (Max Records) is just way too …
Quick Tip by . June 11, 2010
Little kid with bad attitude, a mother who is too nice. The kid needs a spanking and some serious grounding. I liked the movie for the first 10 minutes and thought it really depicted the happy/sad moods of child, but left the theater halfway into the film. It is simply irritating.
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Where the Wild Things Are is a 2009 American fantasy comedy-drama film directed by Spike Jonze and adapted from Maurice Sendak's 1963 children's book of the same name. It combines live action, performers in costumes, animatronics, and computer-generated imagery (CGI). The film stars Max Records, Catherine Keener and Mark Ruffalo, and features the voices of James Gandolfini, Paul Dano, Lauren Ambrose and Forest Whitaker. The film centers around a lonely 9-year-old boy named Max (Records) who sails away to an island inhabited by creatures known as the "wild things," who declare Max their king.

In the early 1980s Disney considered adapting the film as a blend of traditionally animated characters and computer-generated settings, but development did not go past a test film to see how the animation hybridizing would work out. In 2001, Universal Studios acquired rights to the book's adaptation and initially attempted to develop a computer-animated adaptation with Disney animator Eric Goldberg, but in 2003 the cartoon version was replaced with a live-action concept and Goldberg was dropped for Spike Jonze. The film was co-produced by actor Tom Hanks through his production company Playtone and made on an estimated budget of around $100,000,000.

The film was released on October 16, 2009 in the United States, and on December 11, 2009 in the United Kingdom. The film was met with critical acclaim and appeared on many year-end top ten lists.
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Director: Spike Jonze
Genre: Family
Release Date: October 16, 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: Spike Jonze
DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010
Runtime: 101 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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