CNN has an interesting article about how kids have reacted to seeing Where the Wild Things Are. Some are bored, some are scared, and one kid turned into a wild thing herself and bit her mother.
Movie critics were, on the whole, approving of the PG-rated film, though the poor reviews were particularly scathing. "I have a vision of 8-year-olds leaving the movie in bewilderment. Why are the creatures so unhappy?" wrote The New Yorker's David Denby.
The heavily publicized film, which opened in theaters last Friday and debuted on top of the weekend box office, seemed to do too much, said [James Griffioen of Detroit, Mich.]. He thought much of the problem lay in the script, by director Spike Jonze and author Dave Eggers, which expanded on the 10-sentence children's book. ...
For Devon Adams in Chandler, Arizona, the problem wasn't keeping his 5-year-old daughter, Claire, interested—it was dealing with the aftermath of the violent scenes.
"She and her friend seemed to enjoy the film, but when she returned home, she threw her own tantrum, bit her mother very hard (something she does not do), and told her she was going to run away from home and go to where the wild things are," Adams said.
Of course, we remember when the book itself was cause for concern among parents. Who knows? Maybe the movie will eventually become a kids' classic?
(Meanwhile, final box-office figures for the movie are in: WTWTA took in $32.7 million domestically in its first weekend, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.)