OK, so I started this post umm….a long time ago. When “Where The Wild Things Are” was in the theaters. But I never finished it. It being the blog. Last night Dave and I rented “9” and it was disappointing and irritating, which reminded me of THIS movie, so I figured I would kill two birds with one stone and rant about both movies now. Aren’t you excited to hear my whining?? Of course you are! So here we go!
Before yesterday (or, at this point, many many yesterdays ago), David and I had not been to a movie in over a year. Add to that the fact that we both LOVE the book, “Where The Wild Things Are” and you can imagine how super excited we (OK especially me) were to go see the movie yesterday.
This movie got great reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 73% approval rating. People said things like, “[It is] A poignant dissection of youth with nine-foot furry monsters, gorgeous production design, frenetic camerawork and a playful, wistful score from Karen O. Never mind the little ones. This beauty will have most grown-ups blubbing.”
Um. Blubbing, maybe. Playful, wistful score? NO. The music alone made me want to cry, cry, cry. All of the characters were sad, emotionally disordered train wrecks. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the book was about Max being WILD and rambunctious and so were the wild things. They weren’t wildly depressed. They were wildly playful and full of testosterone and childishness. The movie spends all of it’s time in a kind of dragging, adult depression that is entirely too distressed and distressing. If I had known what I was getting myself into, I would never have subjected myself to this movie. And I would definitely never take my kids to see it! OK, I think that’s all I have to say about that. Thank you for letting me get that off of my chest!
As for “9,” it too was sad, slow, and pointless. Pointless in that it had no real storyline, and did not have any sort of underlying theme that I could discern. I will say that the graphics and animation were pretty awesome….but IMHO, that does not make a movie! One of my favorite reviews for this one says, “This movie is what would happen if the folks at Pixar were manic depressives . . .“
OK, I feel better now. Thanks for listening to me rant!
Won’t someone please make a decent kid’s movie?