Zero Dark Thirty begins in
darkness, not the pitch of night or space; rather simply, it starts with
the black frame and voices. Instantly, we recognize the voices as those
belonging to desperate callers on Sept. 11, 2001.
To say that Spike Jonze's adaptation of Maurice Sendak's 'Where the Wild Things Are' sometimes plays like a wrenchingly melancholy, Bergman-esque domestic drama isn't much help to people who want to know if children will like it.
Mix the knowingness of policy wonks from 'The West Wing' with deadpan, mockumentary-style humor from 'The Office' and then throw in the scabrous, pessimistic take on the political motives for going to war from 'Wag the Dog,' and you have 'In the Loop.' Grade: B.