A.O. Scott Watch: Where the Wild Things Are

PSYCH!  No matter how much I wanted this one to be Scott, it wasn’t.  It was Manohla Dargis.  And what she wrote gave me chills.  From today’s NY Times:

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“…after jolting the story to excited life, Mr. Jonze quiets the movie down for a series of flawlessly calibrated scenes of Max alone and with his sister and mother (Catherine Keener), an interlude that tells you everything you need to know about the boy and that announces all that will happen next.

These scenes, lasting 20 minutes or so, are achingly intimate and tender. Mr. Jonze, working with his regular cinematographer, Lance Acord, brings you close into Max’s world as he builds an igloo in the street, starts a snowball fight with Claire’s friends and is left to weep alone after the igloo is destroyed. (When Max slides into the igloo, the camera is right there, which means that you’re there too when disaster strikes.) The world is cruel, children too, lessons that Max absorbs through a smear of tears and hurt. The wound doesn’t heal. Max clomps and then stomps and then erupts: he roars at his mother. She roars back. And, then, like his storybook counterpart — like everyone else — he sails into the world, adrift and alone.”

Posted by: Mariela

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2 responses to “A.O. Scott Watch: Where the Wild Things Are

  1. I cannot wait to see this movie! I’m pretty confident that it will be magnificent.

    Check out this Spike Jonze interview fromvicemagazine.

  2. saw it. who’s ready to discuss?

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