I have a vision of eight-year-olds leaving the movie in bewilderment. Why are the creatures so unhappy?
So this movie is only supposed to please 8 year olds? That's quite ridiculous. The only people who should care about that are the film's producers and the studio backing it, who want to make movie off of parents taking their kids to see it. Otherwise, who gives a damn about that? Clearly this guy, I guess. If anything I imagine this movie will, like the Pixar films and the old school Disney movies, appeal to different age groups.
Oct 13 - 01:20 PM
In Your Dreams
blah blah blah he liked this movie and he hated this movie therefore blah blah blah
Oct 13 - 04:13 PM
The issue is that critics expect a movie marketed as a kid's movie to be some mindless, brain-numbing, emotionless, generic piece of sh*t that we always see. They think that kids cannot emotionally invest themselves in a movies so therefore, all kid's movies need to be more like G-Force and (enter another example here) rather then like E.T. or WALL-E (or any other Pixar movie for that matter). I remember watching E.T. when I was 5 or 6 years old and I fully understood everything that was going on. I understood the emotions that Elliot felt, I understood how difficult it was for Gertie, Michael, and especially Elliot when E.T. left. I understood all of it.
Critics need to start giving kids more credit about what they will or will not understand...
Oct 13 - 05:02 PM
Actually he is right on. I saw an advanced screening of this movie Monday night with my ten year old nephew. By the end of the movie, he was squirming in his seat. The review I wrote stated much of the same things, that the movie seemed to be geared more toward an adult audience and the monsters emotions were a little much for a movie about childhood imagination. Though there were a few good laughs, enjoyable at any age, I'm afraid the movie may have taken the book a bit more seriously than it should have. I adore this book, though disappointed in the film adaptation of it. However I would still say, go see it, especially if you are a fan.
Oct 13 - 07:32 PM
Saw the movie in an advanced screening, and I enjoyed it. I will agree it isn't necessarily for young children, but I also think that isn't who the movie is geared towards, none of the advertising, posters, or interviews ever made me think it was, considering the fact that most people who read this book are much older.I also think that the use of emotions was well done, and not too serious. A child has many dark feelings, especially if they are like Max. This movie does have a happy ending though (in my mind), and a lesson is learned. But if you have a 8 year old, I would think about maybe not taking them to see it, or be ready to have a lengthy talk afterward.
Oct 13 - 11:05 PM
Wow, a film that might actually make children THINK! It could possibly inspire a family converation on the drive home - god forbid! I suppose independent thought is frowned upon by the New Yorker. I respect critical differences of opinion, but this particular statement is asinine at the root! I always thought writers of the New Yorker were supposed to be brighter than everyone else. Well, more and more these days it has become clear that they merely believe themselves to be. You are why people don%u2019t buy magazines.
Oct 14 - 08:11 AM
I saw the movie last night, and I actually agree with this guy's review. The best parts were the scenes of Max at home. Once he got to the island, I didn't care. If anything, the group of monsters were all so angsty that I was waiting for Max to just leave already. The film lacked any of that sense of fantasy that I was expecting from a film based on a children's picture book.
Oct 14 - 09:25 AM
I enjoyed the first few scenes at the island, but after about 20 mins of this I just wanted Max to learn his lesson and go home already.
Oct 15 - 02:57 PM
This critics vision was spot on, at least in my theatre.
It was packed, kids everywhere. My child was pretty scared quickly, and asked me to go to the car and get her blanket. Most young kids were running around the aisles. At the end, I noticed a pretty somber look on most of these poor kids' faces. I myself was feeling a bit bummed out.
It was a beautiful production, but I just couldn't figure out who the audience would be. Too old for kids, too young for adults. Not interesting at all to teenagers.
Oct 17 - 08:45 PM
I couldn't agree more with Denby. Our 11 year old son and 6 year old grandson were equally underwhelmed.The 6 year old at least had the luxury of falling asleep after 30 minutes. The 4 adults and our 11 year old had to endure a boring, tedious and overly analytical waste of time and money.
Oct 17 - 10:40 PM
I see your point here. The book scared me when I was young and this movie would've scared me ten times more. It makes me question if I want my little brother watching this before bed.
Oct 18 - 02:46 PM
what an idiot! this movie was awesome, im 23 years old n i cried n laughed n loved it... n you know who else did? the little girl i had next to and the two boys that were next to my husband. this movie is just different!
Oct 18 - 02:53 PM
One word: DARK
Oct 18 - 11:06 PM
"They have mysterious relations with one another%u2014friendships, love affairs%u2014and deep-seated grievances. They throw jealous fits or walk off in a huff, and we don%u2019t know where the hurt feelings are coming from"From Max's subconscious!--DUH!!!
Oct 19 - 02:27 PM
Because YOU were there to watch them.
Dec 22 - 04:00 PM
the comments here are so stupid.
Jan 5 - 07:37 PM