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Where The Wild Things Are Not – Movie Review

I grew up with the book Where The Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak. As a child, it was one of my favorite books because the character Max was like me in so many ways. Most who knew me as a child remember me as quite a “wild thing”. That said, I was very excited to see a movie rendition of such a beloved book.

However, I had wondered, when I saw that they were making a movie from the book, how they would take such a short book and make a feature length film out of it that could actually hold its own.

The answer is that they couldn’t.

While I felt that the movie version of Where The Wild Things Are had wonderful visual imagery, and I thought the character of Max was played to perfection. I felt like I could really relate to Max. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to save the movie, and my positive comments end here.

Overall, this movie felt empty. While I couldn’t help but smile at some of the scenes, not once did it really pull me into the story. There really wasn’t much of a story to get pulled into. I’m afraid 48 pages does not translate well into an hour and a half worth of movie.

For parents looking to take their children to see it, I’ll say this: This really wasn’t a movie that most kids would enjoy.

It was very slow paced, with a lot of somber emotional scenes and sometimes violent tension between characters. More than half the audience in the theater with us were children, and I heard very little laughter, not to mention quite a few comments like “why did they do that” or “this isn’t like the book”. A few parents and kids even walked out part way through the movie.

It did, however, have the effect a bedtime story should…a number of people, adults and children, fell asleep 🙂

While it was nice to see a visual representation of what I had so often pictured in my mind as a child, I won’t be seeing it again. If you watch the trailer for the movie, you will have already seen every part of it worth watching. On that note, here is the trailer:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NOkQ4dYVaM]

G.I. Joe – Rise of the Cobra – An Amazing Movie

When I first heard that there was going to be a new G.I. Joe movie, I was pretty excited. When I heard that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was going to be playing Cobra Commander, I became a bit worried 🙂 I grew up with G.I. Joe. I watched the cartoons, played with the action figures…I even owned some of the comics. As with anything endearing from my childhood, I wanted to see a movie that did justice to my memories.

I wasn’t disappointed!!! This movie absolutely freaking rocked, and I will be seeing it in theaters again for sure!

G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra was one of the most exciting movies I have seen, easily taking a spot in my Top 10 favorites of all time. The action was plentiful, and well done. The CG effects were awesome, and the story was way exciting. Best of all, the characters were perfect! From attitude to appearance, the characters were exactly as I remembered them. Duke, Snake Eyes, Scarlet, The Baroness, Destro, Cobra Commander, Storm Shadow…everyone played their parts perfectly!

The movie did an excellent job of exploring the backgrounds of many of the main characters. It was nice to see more of the historical character development, and the emotional element binding these characters together made the movie that much more enjoyable.

While it was a serious movie, there was just the right amount of humor in the mix, bringing a perfect balance.

Ray Park did a perfect job with Snake Eyes, who was always my favorite character. His fight sequences, especially with Storm Shadow, were superb. No wonder I wanted to be a Ninja when I was a kid!

I don’t hesitate to recommend this movie to anyone, whether they grew up with G.I. Joe or not. This was an amazingly well made movie, and I was on the edge of my seat throughout the whole thing. Yo Joe!!!

Enjoy the trailer to this incredible Summer blockbuster! Fingers crossed for a sequel 🙂

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaNs64k_2xw]

Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince – A Movie Not Worth Seeing

I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, though I was a latecomer to the series. I’ve read the entire series 3 or 4 times, and have enjoyed it each and every time. Unfortunately, the movies have, for the most part, failed to live up to the books. The first and second movie, done by Chris Columbus, were my favorites. Alas, I’ve found myself somewhat disappointed with the rest of the movies, and the Half-blood Prince was no exception.

I read a lot of reviews today, almost all of which were glowingly positive. With that in mind, I was very excited to see the latest installment in the series. The opening scene of the movie was not in the book, an immediate black mark in my mind. As the movie progressed, things never really got better.

While much of what was portrayed was true to the book, there was simply something about the way the movie was filmed and delivered that was off. The visual tones seemed off. There were none of the familiar elements that made Hogwarts so fascinating…no moving pictures, no portraits to get into the common rooms, no house elves, no ghosts, no enchanted ceiling…they were even in class only once in the entire movie. Everything that made Hogwarts Hogwarts was missing.

In addition, almost the whole of the movie felt like a Cliff Notes version of Harry Potter, rushing from scene to scene with no lead-in to make sure all the main points were covered. The acting felt forced, there were key actors missing from the main storyline…it was just wrong.

To top it all off, the ending battle sequence was basically missing, as was Dumbledore’s funeral. It felt…anti-climactic. I love movies that can bring you into the movie emotionally, make you FEEL what is on the screen. With Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince, I felt nothing. There was nothing endearing.

All in all, I honestly wouldn’t recommend this movie to anyone who loved the books, as I can’t help but believe you would leave disappointed. I wish the Harry Potter movies would be given the treatment that Lord of the Rings got. i don’t think anyone would mind watching a 3-4 hour Harry Potter movie if it was directed and produced with the same level of quality and completeness as Lord of the Rings was.

I’m still holding out hope for the Deathly Hallows movies, but if Part 1 is a poorly made as this movie was, I won’t bother with Part 2. My recommendation? Skip this movie, and go read the book again 🙂

I’m including a link to the trailer, since the trailer was better than the movie…

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96QRVfto7OM]