A live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic story about Max, a discontent little boy who escapes to the land of the Wild Things. These majestic and sometimes fierce creatures crown Max as their king.
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I could go on and on about Where The Wild Things Are, a deeply strange act of adaptation, and—to these (moist) eyes, anyway—one of the most undervalued American movies of the last decade or so. What’s radical about it is the way Jonze and co-writer Dave Eggers treat a beloved children’s classic as the mere jumping-off point for a film about childhood…
The costumes, cinematography and acting were great, but I got bored of the monsters running around and flighting constantly with not much else going on. I felt like there was something missing that could have made this an incredible film.
Such a strange looking child fantasy movie. Neil Gayman once said something like, "the thing about monster stories is not that they exist but that they can be defeated". There is something wild and dangerous and tender and weird in those creatures, and absolutely wonderful and unreal. We do believe that they come from a child's mind. And they seem to get out of control, like imagination sometimes does.
Where the Wild Things Are Emo Hipster Douchebags. If your childhood was like this, I'm sorry, you're childhood really sucked! Jonze spends too much time on the disappointment and despair of childhood. He never captures childlike wonder, amazement, or joy. Very negative, depressing, and repetitive.
Spike Jonze translated the marvelous Maurice Sendak picture book to a place from his own mind, paying the best tribute possible to his master. The beautiful watercolor illustrations become mesmerizing sets and the scary wild things gain life and fluffiness. As Max, I would love to escape to an imaginary world like this - just let me grab my wolf suit!
I agree completely with Alex! I just changed my rating +1 star after watching it for the second time. I really enjoy the beginning of this film, its directed magnificently, it really captures the difficulty of transitioning into a maturing being...however once Max meets the wild things, nothing really happens, the movie gets dull and boring...and then it ends.
Loved it! I don't mind that it deviated from the book a bit, it was very emotionally captivating. It captured all of the feelings and emotions of what it's like being a kid (wanting attention, to be king, etc.), feelings that no other kids movie shows. Sure, the characters aren't likable saints but that's what makes it interesting.
Plot: Boy runs away from home to go frolic in the desert with cute, cuddly, marketable creatures for an hour an a half.
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Make sure you have sun glare in nearly every shot -- ohmygod, so artsy!
Bravo to Jonze for making an uncompromising picture that nails everything that he was trying to accomplish. Whether or not it lives up to peoples expectations or if it is "kid friendly" or if this is the best possible version of this story, it is piece that is undeniably unique and extraordinary in its vision. This is the kind of filmmaking that, successful or no, should be the norm and not the exception.