Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
Now you are king and you will be a truly great king.
Based on the beloved children’s book of the same name, Where the Wild Things Are, director Spike Jonze and co-screenwriter, David Eggers expanded a ten sentence book into the feature length narrative. This was one of my most anticipated movies of the fall season ever since it was announced. This was one of my favorite books growing up. This movie tapped into the eternal youth inside of everyone watching this.
Max (Max Records) is a introverted boy that is dealing with death of his father, his older sister, Claire (Pepita Emmerichs) ignoring him and his mother (Catherine Keener) dating a new guy (Mark Ruffalo).
One night when the boyfriend comes over, Max goes into one of his tantrums and he bites his mother. Max runs away. He reaches a small boat and sails into the treacherous waters to an island.
Max explores it and sees a campground where he sees some strange creatures running around when one of the creatures, Carol (James Gandolfini) destroys the huts the others have. Max wants to join in the fun and the creatures at first want to eat him, but Carol proclaims him as king.
During the time there, Carol and Max have an instant friendship, because they have very similar personalities. Carol introduces King Max to the other inhabitants of island. There is the older married couple, Ira and Judith (Forest Whitaker, Catherine O’Hara), ignored Alexander (Paul Dano), Douglas (Chris Cooper) and silent The Bull (Michael Berry, Jr.)
Max’s job is to make the Wild Things happy, but Carol is not happy when a former flame, KW (Lauren Ambrose) abandoned the group to strike out of there own.
Max wants to make the society work with building a communal nest for everybody, but things are not happening the way that it’s supposed to be.
Jonze’s captures the imagination of a little child. It was his intention to have the creature captures eaxactly the way that were in Maurice Sendak’s book. The seamless transition for the suit to the CGI is something to behold.
That being said, this is not a perfect movie. The plot is paper thin. There wasn’t that much depth into the characters and the situation. There was no peril. There was a sequence with Max and KW towards the end of the movie that didn’t make sense.
Judgment: If you want to recapture a moment in your youth, see this movie in the theater.
Posted on October 17, 2009, in 2009, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy and tagged Catherine Keener, Catherine O'Hara, Chris Cooper, Forest Whitaker, James Gandolfini, Lauren Ambrose, Mark Ruffalo, Max Records, Michael Berry Jr., Paul Dano, Pepita Emmerichs, Spike Jonze, Where the Wild Thing Are. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.