Tooth Fairy

Tooth Fairy

  Release Date: January 22nd, 2010 (wide) Studio: 20th Century Fox Director: Michael Lembeck Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Kids & Family   Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews, Stephen Merchant, Ryan Sheckler   Plot Summary: Dwayne Johnson is ‘The Tooth Fairy,’ also known as Derek Thompson, a hard-charging minor league hockey player whose nickname comes […]

How wild is Wild Things? Very. But not like you’d think.

Spike Jonze clearly had a different interpretation of Where the Wild Things Are than I did, but I like his better. I just thought it was a short book for kids to learn how to read, and some pictures they’d like of monsters prancing around. I mean, the plot was Max yells at his mom, gets punished, imagines a fantasy land, then goes home and finds out his mom forgives him.

Jonze’s version is about the lessons kids have to learn about their angry instincts. There is a tone of melancholy to even the most wonderful fantasy scenes. And this isn’t like saying Harry Potter is dark because people are trying to kill him but really it’s happy magic. This is really heavy. Playing rough not only leads to others getting hurt, it makes even the wildest anarchist feel bad.