Friday Night Movies
If you've been reading my column regularly (Hi Mom!), you've probably figured out by now that I was a fantasy- and sci-fi-loving geek as a kid. The darker children's movies, like The NeverEnding Story, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth, were my favorites, and they still hold a special place in my equally as geeky adult heart. So, I went into the big-screen update of Where the Wild Things Are (rated PG) with some pretty big expectations. And in that sense, I was let down. To be fair, it was a perfectly good movie, especially in the beginning with its quieter family interplay. Fellow GoodyBlogger, Barrie, LOVED it‚Äîthe acting, the plot, the haunting visuals. But I walked away with the feeling that it was missing something. I just didn't get swept up into the childlike wonder that I'm used to when watching the best of these type of fantasy films‚Äîand maybe that's more of a reflection of me (and my current state of cynical grown-up-ness) than of the movie itself. I'm curious to see what you guys think. Post a comment, and let me know your review.
One note of warning, though: The Maurice Sendak classic tale that we all know and love is great for the preschool set. This live-action movie? Not so much. Use your discretion: The film's larger-than-life monsters and darker themes might scare kids under 8‚Äîunless you have a fantasy fan-in-training on your hands.
The Put-Your-Kids-to-Bed-First Pick of the Week:
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