After seeing Where the Wild Things Are (2009), Dan Wells called Billy O'Brien and said he loved the kid who played the lead, that by the time the project got off the ground, he'd be old enough, and that his loneliness and anger were perfect for John. O'Brien agreed to look into it, but before he could, one of the producers e-mailed O'Brien saying he had a guy who'd be great for that serial killer thing he was working on. It was the same person, Max Records. See more »
Crowley can be seen carrying a landing net, which would not be used for ice fishing. See more »
Adolescent can be a difficult time. It's normal to be drawn to death and murder, but you can go too far down that road, too far away from normal.
What do you say John?
John Wayne Cleaver:
I'm interested in how many times you felt it was necessary to say the word normal
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I watched this today on Amazon Video. I felt that the movie was a good adaptation from the book by Dan Wells. The ending was a little different, but in reality I can't see how they could have easily filmed it. I also don't think they had an extensive CGI budget, so I'm impressed with what was done.
I went into the movie knowing the book (and its sequels) very well, and yet I was still happy to see it come to life on the screen. I hesitate to talk about the movie contents because I refuse to give up spoilers. The only thing I want to say is, the portrayal of John Cleaver and Mr. Crowley were spot on with how I envisioned them. I did want to see a bit more from John with his struggle and internal dialogue with his "Mr. Monster", but you can't fit everything neatly into a movie.
As far as the film goes, it moves along at a moderate pace, never too fast or slow. I am a huge horror fan, but I have to say that this could be enjoyed by people who don't like horror. It's not over-the-top scary or jumps out at you. It's a slow burn that keeps you wondering what will come up next. However, I wouldn't ever recommend this to your young children or people who are sensitive to internal organs, blood, etc. It's not overly gruesome and bloody, but it has enough to make the sensitive close their eyes.
The dialog was quiet at times and I don't know if that was because of Amazon Video, my TV, or the film itself. I found myself staring intently at my TV at times to catch every little word that John would say. I'll watch the movie in a theatre though before docking stars for quality.
To end, take a chance and see this movie! Unless you fall into my sensitive categories above. In that case, rent the movie and let your neighborhood sociopath see it. Everyone needs a set of rules. :)
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