Jonze and Eggers have a firm grasp on the way a child's joy can quickly turn to tears, but they squeeze hard and can't let go. The film is essentially a parade of negative emotions -- sorrow, anger, jealousy, regret.
"The film is essentially a parade of negative emotions -- sorrow, anger, jealousy, regret."Riiiiight, because a movie with a child protagonist can never explore those themes. I prefer fantasies with lots of human condition, not a fantasy about the human condition.
Oct 15 - 10:11 AM
Just because a film is about negative things doesn't mean it's a bad movie. This is right up there with the idiocy of the critics who gave it a poor score because it's "not for kids". Boohoo it's not for kids. Boohoo it portrays negative emotions. GOOD! Those things need to be said of film more often, but they should be said positively.
Oct 15 - 03:26 PM
Exactly what you guys said, Mark and WallEField.
Oct 15 - 05:37 PM
Well, actually I didn't really see the review as being negative or bad, it merely warned that it does have a lot of negative emotions or themes that are dealt with . . . in other words, all he did was give fair warning to folks that might think they're taking their kids to a Disney-esque sort of movie. The rating he gave was 2 1/2 stars out of 4, which is a 75% to the good, so I don't know why RT made this one a 'rotten'.
That said, one of the reasons why he might have felt the need to say this isn't one of those 'touchy-feely' sort of movies is that a lot of families and kids go to these things as a way to escape into fantasy for a few hours. After all, reality throws a lot of people into some pretty negative situations or into some seriously messed up family or community problems (whether it's enviromental, financial or family issues), so it's pretty naive to think that somehow, we need a movie to tell them that life sucks sometimes. They already know, and they want to see something that doesn't suck. This review gives them that warning, I figure.
Oct 16 - 12:13 AM