I saw it and I have some mixed feelings about it... they took a simple premise and maybe made it way too complicated. I was expected the monsters to be monsters and not adults.. but I know that was the point... Still mulling it over... I loved the soundtrack
I heard some reviewer saying that the movie may have a message that parents may think is a little too much for their children? My daughter (early twenties) just saw it today, and I asked if it was sad. She said it was.
From what I understand, Maurice Sendak liked Jonze's adaptation.
I genuinely liked it as well. I'm very much in support of adult-friendly kids' movies, so it was absolutely my kind of thing. Not only was it understated in the best way, it was also very aesthetically beautiful, and occasionally evoked the spirit of Jim Henson's darker work.
I don't like it when overprotective parents require gum drops and sunshine to deem the material kid-friendly. Remember Bambi and Land Before Time? They exposed devastating truths while managing to soften the blows. Same with Pixar's Up - and Wall-E for that matter. From an historical cinematic standpoint, kids are certainly capable of handling these themes.
As for the music - it was passable. Karen O's compositions complimented the visuals well, but didn't add a great deal of emotional weight (though her rendition of "Worried Shoes," a Daniel Johnston original, certainly had an impact). Also, I was thoroughly disappointed that "Wake Up" was nowhere in the movie, not even the closing credits.
I'm not aksing for Gumdrops.. a lot of the things going on in the movie were way above childrens heads and occasionally over mine. I would have to watch the movie alone to truly grasp everything that was going on in the movie. The characters were vey complicated and i was unsure if they were to mirror the adults in Max's own life or Spike Jonez. I guess I like things to be a little more concrete and not up in the air. As for the music.. that is a great description about it not containing much emotional weight.. maybe that is why I liked it