Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Dancing with the Henson Puppets
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.