Friday, September 18, 2009

I promise I'm not turning into a mommy blogger, but

...have you seen the trailer for Where the Wild Things Are, which will be in theaters in October? Do you think it's possible that they won't fuck up one of the bestest kids books ever? Here are my two predictions:
  1. The little crisis that prompts Max's escape into his fantasy land is going to have something (or a lot) to do with his mom being single and dating again. Of course, this is all based on a 3-second glimpse in one of the trailers of his mom canoodling with a guy on the couch (while Max watches them broodingly from around the corner, wearing his wolf suit, of course). And this tired old meme isn't one of my favorites, to say the very least.
  2. At least some of the characters in the land of the wild things are stand-ins for people in Max's real life which whom he has some tension or some issue or some conflict that he's trying to work out a la The Wizard of Oz.

But even if the movie's interpretation of the book is disappointing in some ways, which sort of seems inevitable, I predict that the wild rumpus scene will make it worthwhile. And I love how the wild things look so exactly like the drawings in the book.


  1. Lizzay9/18/2009

    It's gonna be in the IMAX theaters too. I predict that the wild rumpes will be even better on the IMAX screen.

  2. Not only do I agree that they're going to fuck up the story, but I also think that any child who sees the life-like monsters in this movie is going to suffer from nightmares for MONTHS to follow.


    I remember getting lost in the book The Neverending Story as a kid. The movie didn't do it justice. I think I liked it but they lost me at the giant dog puppet.

    Random, I know.

  4. JoanofArc9/19/2009

    I'm waiting for them to make The Paper Bag Princess into a movie. They obviously have the technological savvy to do the dragon now.

  5. Ooh, that would be so nice if they would do the paper bag princess! but of course they won't, because the main character is a female, who doesn't need to be rescued.