Jonze and Eggers' approach to the book is both original and well-intentioned; it's clear that they take both Sendak and childhood seriously (though not as seriously as they take themselves). It's just too bad the end result isn't a better movie.
Exactly this. It's not that the film sneers at you for wasting time on it like Transformers 2, I see where Jonze was trying going with it and his intentions are earnest, but it just never amounts to anything but a 100 minute angst-fest with great sets and SFX. The comment that this reviewer makes saying this would have been much more powerful as a 20 min film is dead on.
Oct 15 - 02:52 PM