Shouldn't therapy, at least in art for or about childhood, be fun? The book was entrancing. The book deserved better. Happily there is still time, before the world ends, for someone else to film it. For now: return to Sendak.
Finally, a voice saying "the emperor has no clothes!"I hadn't even returned home from seeing this film before I was on the phone warning others away. Although it certainly wasn't the worst movie ever made, in terms of expectation vs. what was delivered; it was pretty far down on the list.That this movie was not for children was a given; I was just surprised to hear critics praising it. I've been wondering if one critic decided to mess with people's heads and declare it a masterpiece, and let it be believed that anyone who failed to see it this way was stupid. And so everyone else jumps on the bandwagon and sings its praises, while deep down wondering about the point of this movie.I've seen reviews mentioning Max as being nine years old. There is definitely no mention of Max's age in the book, but I would think this about right give or take a year or two.I hadn't noticed any mention of his age in the film, and I took him to be about 12 (the age of the actor who played him).
Dec 30 - 06:17 AM