I generally try to stay away from anything resembling a movie review on this site because, let’s face it, who cares about someone else’s opinion of a movie? There are certain movie reviewers who are great at summing up the good and bad parts of a film, but most people don’t know how to do this and just ramble on, in love with their own thoughts.
However, I’m feeling compelled to break my own rules. I saw ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ over the weekend and just fell in love with it. So to hear people hating on it the way they are is befuddling to me. It’s only at 68% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. I thought it was visually stunning, the little boy is perfect, and the overall tone is so emotional and heartfelt, yet very subtle. I never at any point felt like Jonze was trying to hit us over the head with the movie’s theme. Which I appreciate. Last night some people I was with were bagging on the ending, but I appreciated the fact that the filmmaker let us infer the lesson learned without having the characters clumsily spell it out. I hate when movies do that – I find it insulting.
If you like Spike Jonze, quieter indie films, or even just monsters and sweet little boys, don’t be deterred by the reviews. This is a gorgeous little movie and deserves more accolades than it’s getting.