Where the Wild Things are reviews fall under one of two extremes. Positive Where the Wild Things are reviews call it the most magical film of the year, with the odd review comparing Where the Wild Things are to The Wizard of Oz. Those Where the Wild Things are reviews give fans of the famed children’s book hope that their beloved story has been done right. But there are the other Where the Wild Things are reviews that aren’t so wowed. In fact, the negative Where the Wild Things are reviews are much more bored and disappointed.
It would appear that Where the Wild Things are reviews have a near equal amount of raves and disappointments. For now, the review totals on Rotten Tomatoes have more raves, with 67% positive Where the Wild Things are reviews.
All this hoopla and divisiveness was probably expected, given what Where the Wild Things are is. The famed story of a troubled, trouble making 9-year-old boy who becomes the ruler of mystical creatures – many of which mirror his own fears and emotions – has been embraced by some and hated by others for decades. With Spike Jonze running the movie version, it didn’t stand to be any different.
It took years for Jonze to get to make Where the Wild Things are in his own unique way – which may not be box office friendly or entirely kid friendly. But with Jonze embraced by the same hipster audiences that loved Where the Wild Things are in the first place, the target audience is sure to embrace the film – though others may not.
The positive Where the Wild Things are reviews hail the film as a great adaptation, and reminds many critics of their own time as a 9-year-old kid, thanks to the movie’s raw emotional honesty. But for the negative Where the Wild Things are reviews, they are just bored stiff.
Since the story doesn’t have much plot or narrative momentum, those who don’t embrace the story are more likely to be left in the cold. Since the book was only 10 sentences long, negative reviews are more likely to slam the movie for being much longer.
The divided review results for Where the Wild Things are is more positive than negative, for the moment. Rotten Tomatoes concludes that “Some may find its dark tone and slender narrative off-putting, but Spike Jonze’s heartfelt adaptation of the classic children’s book is as beautiful as it is uncompromising.”
In some circles, Jonze made the perfect Where the Wild Things are for the generation that first fell in love with the story, and for a new audience. In other circles, they wonder what was so great and exciting about it in the first place. The debate over which view is right will go on for some time to come.
Rotten Tomatoes- “Where the Wild Things are” www.rottentomatoes.com/m/where_the_wild_things_are/
MTV.com- “Where the Wild Things are Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need To Know” www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1623983/story.jhtml