A recent post on Screener. Movie Stuff raises some very interesting issues as regards the treatment of so-called ‘hipster’ stylistic values in cinema. It’s sparked by the reviews to have been put forward for the Where the Wild Things Are trailer, noting reviews which seems to identify the two key creative protagonists behind the adaptation, director Spike Jonze and co-writer Dave Eggers, as ‘hipster kings’.
This kind of criticism, and the wider snarking over the use of so-called indie hallmarks (animated title sequences, specifically independent musical soundtrack etc.), does seem to serve to place independent cinema of this kind into a separate negative category of filmmaking, that of ‘hipster movies’ which are made to appeal to the better-than-thou intellectual pretensions of this stereotyped crowd. In doing so, they identify the film within an exclusive sub-genre which is unlikely to appeal to anyone outside of the New York crowd and often damage the sentiment towards the films before they even come out. It’s something which is spreading into popular journalistic circles, having previously been the surfeit of the populist cinema sector in the dubbing of movements like ‘mumblecore’.
I understand the need for critics to take on issues they feel strongly on, but damaging the reputation of a movie through a reactionary critique based entirely on face style and a two-dimensional viewpoint seems to negate the place of critics entirely. Screener argues quite rightly that, especially with Where the Wild Things Are, you have two legitimately talented people behind the project, making what appears a beautiful adaptation of a beloved children’s book.
I would add, in minor defence of those not fond of the trailer, that maybe they are in love dearly with the book and feel a fanboy-like reaction to any even minor criticisms. A work like Maurice Sendak’s will inspire devotion and will be envisaged in different ways by film critics and commentators around the world. To me, it looks inspired. To others, it may well look all wrong. No arguing with opinion, folks.
The first full trailer for Where the Wild Things Are, the live-action adaptation of the popular children’s book by Maurice Sendak, has been premiered at the end of the Ellen Degeneres show. The trailer is now online and you can check it out here.
The film follows the story of Max, a young boy who is punished by his parents for ‘making mischief’ and set to bed without supper. Max when escapes into a fantasy world where he wears a wolf suit and encounters a number of magical, mystical creatures.
It also marks the return of Spike Jonze to the directing business seven years after the brilliant Adapatation. Additionally, it’s the first of two screenplay credits in this year for Dave Eggers, the precocious author and founder of McSweeney’s. His other will be the Sam Mendes-directed Away we Go, about a young couple who embark upon an expedition around the US to try and find the perfect place to start a family.
Away We Go will be coming out first, you can check out the trailer here, but Where the Wild Things Are, following numerous delays and production difficulties, is easily the most anticipated and, from the looks of the trailer, could be something quite special indeed.
Where the Wild Things are has both a poster and trailer bating the online world. At present, this intriguing work, directed by Spike Jonze, written by Dave Eggers and based on the classic children’s book by Maurice Sendak, is coming out by the end of the year, meaning it is currently my most anticipated movie for this year.
The poster, which looks pretty cool and is above you, is courtesy of one of our newest Twitter buddies, Empire Movies. The trailer, scheduled to be shown ahead of Monsters vs Aliens at the end of March, will surely be online with a ridiculously short amount of time and will come immediately from us to your eyes.