By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros Pictures
Where The Wild Things Are
It looks like the early buzz for Where The Wild Things Are was spot on. And what sort of buzz was that? Well, while the movie looks great visually and does off a great look into a child's imagination, it ends up uninvolving. The buzz left me curious, imagining where the film might have fell short.
Maybe these first official reviews can help.
Where the Wild Things Are Gets Reviewed
Some of the first official reviews for Where the Wild Things Are have appeared online and they seem to agree with not only the buzz but each other. Take a gander below:
Fleet of foot, emotionally attuned to its subject and instinctively faithful to its celebrated source, "Where the Wild Things Are" earns a lot of points for its hand-crafted look and unhomogenized, dare-one-say organic rendering of unrestrained youthful imagination. But director Spike Jonze's sharp instincts and vibrant visual style can't quite compensate for the lack of narrative eventfulness that increasingly bogs down this bright-minded picture. Widespread curiosity about the cinematic fate of Maurice Sendak's childhood perennial looks to spur sizable if not stellar commercial results in all markets, including on Imax screens.
The story, as millions of children and grown children know, tells of a rambunctious boy, sent to bed without his supper, who then encounters fearsome-looking but surprisingly gentle creatures when his bedroom turns into a mysterious forest. The film does surmount one of its two difficult challenges: Through puppetry and computer animation, the filmmaking teams have successfully put a world of childhood imagination on the screen. Where the film falters is Jonze and novelist Dave Eggers' adaptation, which fails to invest this world with strong emotions.
If anything, these reviews might actually have lowered some of the exaggerated expectations out there and will result in a better viewing experience in the end. You like my positive outlook? Yeah, I know, but sometimes bringing down the hype removes the possibility of disappointment. Check out both reviews for Where the Wild Things Are by clicking the bold links above.
Where The Wild Things Are opens to theaters October 16th.