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Where The Wild Things Are

It took 40 years for our good pals in Hollywood to bring the 10-sentence children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are” to reel life. While the Maurice Sendak classic left producers on a two- generational creative stomp, this beloved adventure was mostly fortunate to have fallen on Spike Jonze’s lap. For Jonze, who hadn’t done a feature film since 2002’s “Adaptation," he boldly interprets Sendak’s study of childhood rage. Jonze’s movie will probably polarize Sendak’s fan base as well as adults who unintentionally took their children to Freudian mindwarp rather than a shallow puppet showcase. Wow, a family movie that’s dark and smart, now that wild!

“Where the Wild Things Are” follows Max (Max Records) running away from his mom’s (Katherine Keener) home and on a savage journey to the land of these terrible creatures. Max’s beasts (voiced by James Gandolfini, Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper and others) are given personalities and problems(these creatures are so depressed we hoped Max had a bottle of zoloff tucked his wolf suit). Max and the wild things have unruly fun breaking stuff to the beat of Karen O and The Kids on an ultra-hipster soundtrack. But the beasts begin to clash with themselves and Max. Max, the king of the wild things, is left to set things right, but the understanding of his own feelings will determine his desire to reign over his ferocious pals.

Unlike the horrid film adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat," “Where the Wild Things Are” doesn’t belittle the richness of Sendak’s themes and imagination. However, Jonze and co-writer Dave Eggers have to stretch the short story into a 90-minute screenplay and they hit some blocks. Jonze is so fascinated with the psychiatric explorations of Sendak’s book that at times he abandons the sweetness that made “Where the Wild Things Are” a universally revered story. When Jonze gets back to playtime, it can come across like filler. Nonetheless, what makes this movie worth watching is the common thread that unites both mediums: to passionately see the world through the wonderful eyes of childhood. With “Where the Wild Things Are” we might not completely love it so, but we like it enough to join its fierce rumpus.

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Where The Wild Things Are

Credits:

Directed by: Spike Jonze
Written by: Spike Jonze, Dave Eggers
Based on Previous Work by: Maurice Sendak
Starring: Max Records, Katherine Keener





Source of the Bitter: John Rojas

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