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Monday, March 1, 2010

Wild Things

The preview I just saw for the dvd that is coming out tomorrow is all sweetness and light: playing around, hugs, fun music: Be warned- that is NOT an accurate view of the movie! That's why I'm playing along with Messy Mommy's Movie Monday. You need to be warned!
Movie Monday @ Messy Mommy

I thought this would be a timely review to do, since this movie is coming out on dvd tomorrow and many of you might be wondering if it is appropriate for your children to watch. My 3- and 5-year-olds and I saw Where the Wild Things Are in the theater just two weeks ago. The theaters around here give free movie passes to some of the schools in the area on days when the kids have off for school holidays, to a children's movie that is a few months old.

Mil volunteered to watch Cub so that I could take the other two with me to go see it.

Monkey had seen the previews and had asked to go see it and of course, both boys were familiar with the book.

I was a little skeptical. The previews looked little scary(though NOT the one that I just saw!!!) and the movie is rated PG.
Now, I do let my boys watch PG movies, but I've found that for the movie theater, we're usually safe with a G-rated, as far as holding their attention, but PG-rated are better off as a dvd at home.

But, since the tickets were free and Grandma even gave the boys some popcorn and soda money, I thought we'd give it a shot, figuring we could always leave and it really wouldn't be any big loss.

I thought it was actually a great adaptation of the book to the movie.

But, I do think that it was a little too mature for my boys.

There are some scary scenes. In the book, the monsters are almost cute.

They are not cute in the movie.

When the monsters in the movie want to eat Max, it's frightening.

There's also a lot of dark and fast-moving scenes, which are a bit overwhelming. It probably won't seem quite as bad at home, though,unless your tv screen is THAT big.

Bear had to cover his ears several times because there were quite a few loud scenes.

There was a scene where they have a huge mud fight and both of my boys were laughing almost uncontrollably at that, though.

I do think that you could watch this movie with your child and take a lesson from it on how you should treat others and how to behave when you don't get your way, but I think that Monkey, at 5, is probably the youngest that I would have watch this movie.

And keep in mind that he's 5-going-on-22.

So, if you are thinking about this movie for toddlers or even preschoolers, you might want to reconsider.

Older than that, I'll give it my thumbs up.

Did you see it? What did you think?

Will you be renting it on dvd?

Have a movie you want to review? Head over to Messy Mommy's blog and link up!


Kiran, over at Masala Chica, whom I cannot wait to meet on Saturday at Bloggy Bootcamp, is travelling like crazy this week and so I had a guest post over at her place yesterday.

Please don't forget to head over there and show me some love so she doesn't regret letting me guest post. It was a Sunday and you know Sundays are sort of dead in the blog world.  But, what a bad impression that would be - to have almost no comments on it- when we're meeting irl soon.

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Blogger danita said...

this is a no go in our house. too scary! the pea is also, strangely, afraid of chicken little and planet 51. just the mention of c.l. will make him cry.

March 1, 2010 at 7:07 AM  
Blogger blueviolet said...

I'll go comment over there as soon as I leave here. :)

You're going to Bloggy Boot Camp? Wonderful!

I've heard no positive, glowing reviews on the movie so I probably won't rent it. :(

March 1, 2010 at 7:07 AM  
Blogger Oka said...

It's sounds like something my 6 and 9 year old will love. Thanks, because I was considering buying it tomorrow.

March 1, 2010 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger Kerri said...

I just put this on my netflix que for hubby and I.

My son loves the book so I would hate to ruin that for him by making him recall scary images from the movie while reading for bedtime.

Maybe in a few years...

March 1, 2010 at 7:55 AM  
Blogger Jene said...

I haven't seen it yet but I'd like to. My son is still too young for movies, but it was one of my favorite books growing up.

March 1, 2010 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger Kmama said...

Oh, good to know!! Thanks for sharing that.

I'll pop over and take a look at your guest post later this morning.

March 1, 2010 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger Evonne said...

A friend of mine took her 7 year old to see it and said it was good but her son may not have been old enough for it.

Thanks for the review. I might let my daughter watch it, but I'm not sure about my 4 year old.

March 1, 2010 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I've heard several bad reviews on this movie. I actually heard it was depressing? Our little boy loves the book, but after the reviews we decided not to take him to see it at the theater. It is in our Netflix queue. I think I'll watch it first and decide if I think he's ready for it. Thanks for the review!

March 1, 2010 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Kearsie said...

We took our two girls aged 8 and 6 to see it and I thought it was a bit overwhelming for them at times. Our youngest was scared and sat in my lap the whole time. But I loved the music.

March 1, 2010 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger The Manic Mommy said...

We didn't go see it in the theaters because I thought it looks a lil scary evern with the previews - I think we will just rent this movie, even though Mister Monster is 5, I think this is to mature for him. And our TV Is 60" that close to theater size right? Haha! No quite! :) Have a great day...and have you been to Amber & I's birthday Celebration? Make sure to check it out:

March 1, 2010 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger The Boob Nazi said...

I heard it was pretty strange, so I can't say I'll be renting it.

March 1, 2010 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Jeannie, Jane, Angel, Mommy, etc.. said...

Thanks for the review. I was wondering if it would be a good option for Monkey. Now I know that we need to wait.

March 1, 2010 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

I did not get to see this.. I want to though..

Have a great day..
I will stop by later to your guest post..

March 1, 2010 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Looks too scary for my two.

March 1, 2010 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Semi-Slacker Mom said...

Yeah. I wasn't too excited about the previews for that one either. But last night, we watched G-Force! Very entertaining! I love it when kid movies have "inside jokes" for the parents & this one had plenty.

March 1, 2010 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

My twins are 4 and the previews alone made me cringe at the thought of taking them. I think we'll wait at least another year (although I'd like to see it for myself as we all love the book).

Heading over to see your guest post!

March 1, 2010 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger The Blue Zoo said...

My boys can not wait to watch Wild Things. Ive heard that its a bit odd though. Hopefully it doesnt give them nightmares!

March 1, 2010 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Daisygirl said...

We haven't seen it yet but I'm sure Ill buy it because its one of my daughters fav books! She is also 5 going on 22!!!

March 1, 2010 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger Holy Hannah said...

This was a bit odd, I saw it in the theater with my boys 12 and 7...they loved it. This movie mad me cry, it wasn't supposed to but the emotional stuff going on with the boy was heartbreaking! -Steph

March 1, 2010 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Mellodee said...

Over a span of many, many years, I have seen more movie trailers/preview/reviews that are at best misleading and at worst, downright false! So I just avoid the whole things and stay home, read the book, blog, and play computer games!

March 1, 2010 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger Messy Mommy said...

I really wanted to take Otter to this but everyone said it was too scary so I didn't. His dad let him watch Dark Knight (didn't know that at the time) so I'm pretty sure he could've handled this. Oh well.

March 1, 2010 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger Crazed Mama said...

Thanks for the review. I was trying to decide if it was too scary for my kiddos

March 1, 2010 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

My kids really wanted to see this movie. We read some reviews and usually check with Focus on The Family if we aren't sure, so we did on this movie. We didn't see it.

March 1, 2010 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger Terry said...

I've never heard of this movie....not sure if it would be good in my house....maybe just for the tween?
PS...I have a thingy ma jiggy on my blog for you....

March 1, 2010 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger Cameron said...

thanks for the review!!!!! my munchkin arrives in may, BUT I'll send a link to all my mommy friends!!!!

March 1, 2010 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Yeah, it looked scary...I am the idiot who took the kids to see A Christmas Story. All of them mind you. And Brady (the 3 year old) sat for the first 10 minutes with his hands over his eyes, then the next 5 screaming I want to go home. Keegan (5 year old) chimed in he was scared too, then the baby spilled my diet coke all over him. Uh, we left... have fun this weekend.


March 1, 2010 at 2:28 PM  
Blogger CRAZYMOM said...

Thanks for the review. I love to hear a parent's perspective. And I'm with you. I prefer watching when I have a pause button on a lot of these "kids" movies, but it is fun to go once in a while! :)

March 1, 2010 at 2:28 PM  
Blogger Sarah and the Gentlemen said...

I was thinking my oldest may want to watch it but then again, he's always been pretty impressionable with scary stuff in kids' movies. The witch in Snow White gave him bad dreams.
We may just stick with the book for a few years yet.

March 1, 2010 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Thanks for the review... I was wondering about this one. My boys have seen some PG-13 (Harry Potter and such), but they both have a very good handle on real vs. actors playing a part. I was curious if it was a good book-to-movie movie. ;)

March 1, 2010 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

My son has no interest in seeing this movie, thank goodness. The previews didn't even interest me. If it's not Transformers he doesn't want to see it, lol!

March 1, 2010 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

thank you for an honest review- i appreciate that!!

March 1, 2010 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger Arizona Mamma said...

Good thing I read this. The movie would freak the $h!t out of Addyson. No thanks on that one.

Off to love you up at Masala Chica

March 1, 2010 at 4:38 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

I was wondering how "scary" it is - Thanks for the heads up. Maybe an early in the day movie!

March 1, 2010 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger Mrsblogalot said...

My family is actually hoping for the nightmares. They've been waiting for this. If it doesn't give them nightmares I think they will demand a refund. Can you imagine?

March 1, 2010 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger LMJ said...

i'm a big fan of kidie movies, butthis one just oesn't seem interesting. thnks 4vthe review. sory about my typing--holding the baby

March 1, 2010 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger ModernMom said...

Oh good review! My girls are complete chickens...G rated all the way, so this heads up is perfect!

March 1, 2010 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger Confessions From A Working Mom said...

I am still so excited for you to get to go to Bloggy Bootcamp in MD. They are going to TX in the fall (near my husband's family), so you'll have to give it a review for me and tell me how you like it!

Thanks for RSVPing for my birthday bash-- it's going to be blog-tastic!

Confessions From A Working Mom

March 1, 2010 at 7:27 PM  
Blogger RN Mama said...

I do not think I'll let my girls watch that movie, at least not right now! I'm also not going to let them watch that Alice in Wonderland shenanigan that is coming to theaters. The previews for that movie totally freak me out!!

March 1, 2010 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger Ellemes said...

Sounds like maybe a see on your little TV kinda movie and not on a HUGE screen in a theatre?
Roo's too little for all movies, but I was thinking of renting that one.

March 1, 2010 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger EL said...

Interesting and good to know it was an ok adaption, I loved the book when I was little and the movie is on my "see someday" list. And 5 going on 22, that is hilarious im wondering if monkey has any wise words for an almost 22 year old hahaha! Heading over to read your guest post now! Have a good night =)

March 1, 2010 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger T.J. said...

visited you over at masala chica's- fun times! Have a great time getting your bloggy booty on at camp!!

March 1, 2010 at 10:11 PM  
Blogger Dondi said...

I'm so glad you did this review. My little ones have been asking about this movie but now I'm thinking it might be a bit "old" for them.

Btw, I've got an award for you :)

March 1, 2010 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Yes, I'll be renting this movie for my 5 & 8 year old. Although taking them to the theater to see it (even at the cheap $1 theater) wasn't something I wanted to do after reading some of the reviews that shown it in a little-too-complicated-for-children's-minds kinda light, not to mention a bit scary. I PERSONALLY have a huge interest in the film.. so I'll probabaly netflix it -- screen it with the hubs and decide then if the kids would like it. Much like we did with Marley & Me... and very glad we did!!!

March 2, 2010 at 12:55 AM  
Blogger Brandi said...

You invited MB's to your book club?! ;) Hmmm... I missed yesterday's post. Now, I'll have to go read it and catch up.

March 2, 2010 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger gina said...

We will definitely rent it. Movie theaters make things more overwhelming for kids I think. I remeber I took my oldest two who where 6 and 3 at the time to see Tarzan- I'm thinking Disney movie, how bad could it be? The opening scene were they get attacked and the mother gets killed yeah, Brielle (3) climbed into my lap face down and stayed that way til the movie was over. :(

March 2, 2010 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger Shmonae said...

Agreed. We rushed our kids to the movie theatre when it first came out. I felt bad for my toddler that was covering her eyes until we just took her out. The movie is just pretty dark for the age group they seem to be targeting.

March 2, 2010 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I didn't see it and I've had mixed reviews.

I just loved the book though and I may be mad at the movie either way.

March 2, 2010 at 11:15 PM  

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