Thursday, March 26, 2009

"Where the Wild Things Are" Trailer is Up

And page 8 is finished. So close to the end.

Anyway, The trailer is up finally for Spike Jonze' upcoming adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's book "Where the Wild Things Are." Here's another instance of a trailer's song perfectly suited to the visuals, Arcade Fire's brilliant "Wake Up" playing over some striking imagery. (The trailer houses right cranking some of these trailers out right now are, I think, creating consistently brilliant film art. I know in reality these guys are just re-using what other artists have created, but the trick of distilling a 2-hour film down into a minute and a half and, on occasion, evoking an emotional response sometimes more powerful than the film itself is able to, is a real feat.)

The way through the creative thicket has been torturous for Jonze and this film. Early test screenings haven't gone very well, audiences complaining the child isn't sympathetic for instance. I'll be interested to see if Jonze has managed to craft a winning film out of what some had written off as an unsalvageable mess.

The trailer shows clearly that they've managed to do a lot with what is, at heart, a short children's picture book long on imagery and short on plot or incident. And as trailer's go, it's very well done. But I'm not racing out the door to buy tickets for this one based on this. It seems like it might be one of those muddled movies that doesn't know if it's for kids or adults and ends up aiming for some muddy middle ground that alienates both audiences. And with rare exceptions, movies that have this difficult a time getting from the first day of shooting to theaters rarely turn out to be successful films. But I'll keep my fingers crossed.

8 comments:

Harwell said...

There's a big long interview with Spike from November over at Aint it Cool - I read some of it, but there's definitely some discussions at length of specific scenes, so you might want to avoid it if you're scared of spoilers:

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/39145

I love the look of the trailer though. I think the more recent Harry Potter sequels and the vast majority of Pixar films have traversed that muddy ground of simultaneously appealing to kids and adults just fine, and I see no reason why this flick can't do the same.

And you bring up an important point regarding the simplicity of the book - the biggest curiosity with this film shouldn't be about the production but whether or not there's an actual story here...

Peggy said...

http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/wherethewildthingsare/

In case the link in the blog doesn't work for you.4

monolith said...

WATCHMEN THOUGHTS PLEASE!!!!

Harwell said...

Fedak: Moorhead's on top of it...

http://craigmoorhead.com/blog/2009/03/16/not-a-watchmen-review-just-a-list-of-watchmen-questions/

Anonymous said...

What an awesome trailer! I look forward to seeing it. I wouldn't mind there being a lack of story really if it is a wonderous joyride that stays true to the feeling of the book. I am curious to see how Dave Eggers and Spike Jonze put this together. I am so excited. I love this book and read it to my kids all the time.

- PAPA

blankfist said...

WATCHMEN THOUGHTS PLEASE!!!!

blankfist said...

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blankfist said...

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