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Where the Wild Things Are
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

It's not a bad film. It just isn't a successful one. I kinda felt the same way I felt after seeing Watchmen, they got as close as anyone was going to get to faithfully reproducing the books feel and mood but in the end, it just wasn't quite enough. The setup and introduction of the characters is top notch (just like Watchmen) but as soon as it establishes them and the world they live in it, the film just lies there and meanders for an hour until Max goes home.

I appreciated Jonze's take on monsters, giving them realistic sounding dialogue instead of just making them cutesy yoda-esque moppets that spout fortune cookie sized nuggets of wisdom, but he doesn't do anything interesting with the concept other than having them complain and mope about for an hour.

Like I said, it's not a bad film, it works really well for the first half hour. I think if this had been edited down to just a half hour it would have been much better.