Saturday, April 17, 2010

Movie Review: Where the Wild Things Are

Where The Wild Things Are

Rating: PG, for mild thematic elements, some adventure action and brief language
Running Time: 101 minutes

This child book adaptation portrays a young boy who is experiencing some troubles at home. His interactions with his family are rocky and he struggles to be able to communicate his feelings. He is aggressive and constantly agitated about even the littlest of things. In a moment of rage he runs away from home and takes a boat ride to a mysterious island. On this island he discovers these large, furry, talking creatures. Its with his interactions with these "wild things" that he experiences moments of revelation about his own life and circumstances.

To be honest I was skeptical from the start as to how a short children's story could be stretched into a feature film. As expected it was a stretch. It felt like every scene was longer than it needed and dragged on profusely. It was interesting to hear the voices of familiar actors speaking for the wild things, but that's the extent of intrigue with this film. One of the reasons I think it fell flat is it missed a target audience. It obviously wasn't made for children even though its based on a children's book and yet it lacks any intrigue for adult viewers. The drab coloring and boring plot lines caused this movie to be a snooze. They should rename it "Where the MILD Things Are."

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