I enjoyed Spike Jonze’s work on it, it just was NOT what I was expecting. The kid’s subconscious and the manifestation of all the creatures as his insecurities. Was not expecting that, and I respected Jonez (and Maurice Sendak, obviously) for going that direction. For a long while, I thought the film was meandering and pointless, but it really had a strong underlying theme of the pain of being a kid and growing up. I really had to think about it to process, and it took on a whole new meaning, albeit too late in the movie to really “like” the movie. I understood it at last, but didn’t really enjoy it.
Again, the thought I kept having as I left the theater: unexpected. Perhaps a second viewing in a year will see how it holds up.
Grioghar “Greg” Thomas-Baldwin likes to (formally) Powerlift, read comics, watch movies, jam to Bastard Pop, and hang out with his wife and kids when he’s not working at The Starlite Drive-In making customers move their cars and high-fiving the kiddos. Then, he likes to write about all that, tech schtuff, and more, here, and elsewhere, under a few pseudonyms.