Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Dancing with the Henson Puppets

Hoo, boy.  I just saw "Where the Wild Things Are" and I want to hug everyone.  It's fabulous.

I was one of about ten people who saw "Being John Malkovich", and I loved that, too.  Spike Jonze is as good as his namesake.  Better, probably.  He's the director/co-writer.

I also read "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" last year which was one of my all-time favorite books.  It even made me, a non-crier, cry at the end.  That was written by Dave Eggers, and it turns out he was the co-author of the script for "Wild Things."  Whatta lifetime moment.

Back to the movie:  Sure it was a little dark and menacing at times, but so was "Up" and "Bambi".  I think that you'd want to take a great opportunity to talk to your children about their fears and worries.  And, if you think you're children are immune from much worse going on in their little pointed heads, good luck with that.  Remember the really scary guy who lived in the closet?

I think two things might be a problem.  One is that if a child doesn't get imagination, they might not get the point.  Also, judging by the little squirty kids in the theatre when I was there who were playing on the stairs, it might be boring for the really young ones.

But go to see it if you loved it when you were a kid or even if you are just familiar with it.  It's good!  At least see the matinee.


Annie said...

Actually, Rhead and I both have seen "Being John Malkovich" so that's 12 :)

Did you read that story on CNN about how the parents thing the movie was boring?


weird.... right?

Linda Aukschun said...

I thought it was wonderful. They must have been too involved with their popcorn . Did you like "Being John Malkovich." Do you remember "Check please."

Linda Aukschun said...


I don't know what's in the heads of people who didn't like it. I also note that Rotten Tomatoes liked it! They're usually pretty tough.

Annie said...

It's been a while since I saw the movie so I don't really remember the details, just that he keeps getting dumped out at the turnpike!

Marni said...

I've been worried about seeing "Wild Things" because I love the book so much. I don't want it to ruin that, making it more than it is so that every time you read the book you're wondering why they didn't include this or that from the movie.