Movie Review: What Maisie Knew

Posted on 03/01/2014 in Movies / 3 Comments

Movie Review: What Maisie KnewWhat Maisie Knew on 9/7/2012

What Maisie Knew is a contemporary New York City revisioning of the Henry James novel by the same name. It revolves around unwitting 7-year-old Maisie, caught in the middle of a custody battle between her mother Susanna, an aging rock star, and her father, Beale, a major art dealer. Written by Anonymous, IMBD

  This movie gets added to the list of movies made, were the screen writers and directors missed the point of the book. They changed the meaning of the book to suit their needs and not what the book represents. And to top it all off, they gave the movie a happy ending. I can see how this movie didn’t make it to the big screen and went straight to DVD. Nothing stood out in this movie to make it unique or special. How this movie got great raves at the Toronto International Film Festival is beyond me. I feel the movie lost a lot of the meaning when it was modernized. Even though situations like this are still happening 100 years later, modernizing the film is what changed the feel of the movie. In the book the parents don’t care about the child at all and spend their time confusing and manipulating the child into fueling the hatred for the parents. The child can’t learn love or loyalty. In the movie, the parents care for the child and make sure the child knows this. They are just irresponsible, self-absorbed artist types who only care about their art. The child does understand love and loyalty. All you are doing is sitting there for 99 minutes watching the child fall in love with her step parents, while the biological parents abandon her. Whooped Dee Doo. It shows us nothing about What Maisie Knew. This movie was very “meh” for me because all the brutal, vindictive meanness was taken out of the movie and it was very plain and boring. I see things like this every day. Directors/Screen Writers what makes this movie special??? Nothing, was that the point? Is this why you changed the things you did instead of at least keeping with the original meaning. You wanted to show us everyday life? What is the fun in that? The whole point of a movie is to give us a few minutes to escape from our boring, everyday lives and lose ourselves in unrealistic fantasy. I’m very indifferent in recommending this movie. It is not a block buster movie, no big budget and nothing out of the ordinary. Some people will feel moved by it. Others will be bored with it and others will feel the way I do – indifferent.


Release Date: premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2012 Director: Scott McGehee and David Siegel Producer: William Teitler, Charles Weinstock, Daniela Taplin Lundberg and Daniel Crown Script Writer: Nancy Doyne and Carroll Cartwright Film Composer: Nick Urata Actors: Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan, Onata Aprile, Joanna Vanderham and Alexander Skarsgård Genre: Drama

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The earliest movie Kristina can remember watching is “The Neverending Story”. It was all downhill from there. She then watched any movie she could from old black-n-white, classic musicals to the current movies coming out. While other kids were outside playing, Kristina could be found watching movies over and over and over again, experiencing new things each time she watched them, memorizing lines and acting out the scenes. She loves everything about them from the directing, set & costume design, acting and foundtrack/film score. Her favorite genres are B-movies, British films and other foreign films.


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3 responses to “Movie Review: What Maisie Knew

  1. Lol, sounds like a total movie fail. Well done to those people. But you’ve gotta laugh at the world sometimes. There’s a hilarious animated movie of Romeo and Juliet involving seals designed for 5 year olds…no one dies, everyone lives happily ever after and it’s not even about the warring families. You’ve gotta wonder sometimes why people think it’s worth doing.
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