You have to wonder who writer/director Jonze's audience is truly meant to be since the pic's anarchic sophistication seems geared to adults who grew up with Maurice Sendak's 1963 picture book, although children will see the appeal of Max's own wild behavior and facing their fears. Having tested his frazzled single mom's (Keener) patience once too often, tantrum-throwing Max (newcomer Records) is sent to his room. Instead, wearing his white wolf costume, Max runs outside, boards a boat, and makes his way to the island where the Wild Things (who now have names and distinctive personalities) live. They crown Max their ruler but there are lots of parallels to the world--and troubles--Max left behind. The Wild Things, as created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop, are particularly amazing.
Whatever you think of the final product, Spike Jonze's highly anticipated and already divisive adaptation of Maurice Sendak's beloved Where the Wild Things Are is undeniably one of the most remarkably ambitious films in years. Instead of literally adapting Sendak's book, something that would have run about six ...Read More
This film is like Pooh Corner on Crack. What was up with the racoon in KW's stomach? Did Max take too much meds and drink red Bull? Why did they change the names of the creatures? Too much brown acid, Spike Jones!!!
have a copy of the original 1st released book. my favorite - i'm 54. haven't seen the movie, but heard it's really good. the book with it's illustrations broadened the gift of my imagination. not sure if i want to see the movie & risk my imagination not staying intact. thinking imagination overrules. maybe someday.