Simply the best film about the forgotten experiences and coming of ages of childhood, as you are ever likely to see. Forget the negative reviews you might have seen (!) - you always get the odd crank reviewer online - this film is simply unforgettable. But for the right reasons. Okay, so its got Tony S as the lead male 'Monster' character's voice, but TV actors have to earn a living somehow.
Regarding the film, just imagine being transported for an hour and a half into the mind and world of a child, and you can start to appreciate what a great job Spike Jonze has done in bringing the book to the silver screen. Remember this is the same director that brought you 'Being John Malkovich', so expect the same level of class and inspired film-making to be abundant here. I dont care if you are 7 or 107, but you gotta love this film. I do recommend that if you are watching it with your youngest son/daughter, try and explain some of the 'darker' scenes when they come along, as they might not grasp the redemptive qualities of them unless you do (and you are the child's whole world remember). Definitely the kind of film that all ages of film enthusiast can watch and gain something to take away from it. Beware though; this film will remind you again of that fateful day in childhood when all the innocence finally disappeared, forever. Its a bit like learning that Sant-e Claus doesnt exist. So, if you aint ready for the emotional trauma of the opening up of an old, old wounds, dont watch. Else, enjoy enjoy enjoy. This aint no Muppet Show.