Saturday, October 17, 2009

Where the Wild Thing Are

Maurice Sendak's nine sentences, and glorious illustrations, set the stage for the film Where the Wild Things Are. Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers use this stage to explore emotions and imagination. In life, we all feel isolation, anger, frustration, creativity, adventure, joy and love. In this film, we see an interpretation of these emotions that is direct, heartfelt, and at times, a little brutal. For me, this film delves into the human psyche, through a young boy, in a powerful, direct fashion. The group dynamic is dramatic and honest. Adults will get the message, kids will enjoy the wild things, Max and the howling rumpus. Well done.

3 comments:

mdeals said...

I am waiting for wild things..

kmwthay said...

I left this movie feeling very gloomy and slightly depressed.

I felt the whole thing was full of sorrow and sadness, and this isn't what I remember about the book at all.

4 days later, I'm still haven't made up my mind as to whether or not I like it.

But, I did like your review!

Linda said...

kmwthy~You're right, the mood of the film is very different from the book. As soon as I saw the characters as representation of Max's emotions the tone made more sense. Glad you liked the review, thanks for reading!