By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 17, 2009 at 2:03AM
Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers' adaptation of the Maurice Sendak classic is one of those films that you have to check out for yourself--and read the reviews later. The first half-hour of the movie takes us inside the lonely agitated head of rebellious Max (Max Records) as he covets his family's attention. His travel to a faraway island is magical, and at first the well-designed giant-scale animals and their world is captivating. But things soon get talky and dull.
Many folks are recommending Jonze's 40-minute Sendak doc on HBO.
Both movies were hits at Sundance and Seattle, where Black Dynamite, an homage to blaxploitation flicks, won the audience prize. At the Dynamite website you can "Black Dynamite yo'self" and listen to the "talkin' jive soundboard."
Law Abiding Citizen Tomatometer 20% Metascore 32
R-rating could hurt this vigilante thriller starring Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler that seems to leave people behind in the last twenty minutes. But the action-packed trailer should lure males.
UPDATE: Here are the Friday estimates, showing a strong WTWTA opening, with Law Abiding Citizen in second place. Let's see what happens with the Friday to Saturday WOM buzz on these movies. Paranormal Activity comes in third on just 760 screens.
All four trailers are on the jump.
Here's the WTWTA trailer:
The Maid trailer:
The Black Dynamite trailer:
And the Law Abiding Citizen trailer: