Movie Review: Where the Wild Things Are

wildthingsLast week we saw the Where the Wild Things Are. I was familiar with the book by Maurice Sendak and was looking forward to the movie.  My feelings about the movie are mixed.

Spike Jonez gives his unique spin to Where the Wild Things Are. The movie is based on the book but the plot differs greatly. The plot is much darker than the book. It is definitely not for young children (under 7 or 8). I understand that it would be difficult to make a movie out of a such a short book without expanding the plot. However, I did not like the dark and troubling tone of the movie plot.

What impressed me was the cinematography. It was an absolutely beautiful movie. The world created for the Max’s journey into his imagination is amazing.  For me the beauty of the movie is a redeeming quality.

I don’t think this is one that will be added to my collection. I would recommend reading or reading the book before seeing the book.  Overall it was an enjoyable experience.

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6 thoughts on “Movie Review: Where the Wild Things Are”

  1. I agree that the cinematography was amazing. I don’t know if it was really that dark though. It was simply a mix of Max’s moods, which aren’t always bright and happy. And I think this does come from the book, and why he is on an island of monsters, because his feelings are often untamed and wild.

    1. Ian,
      The underlying themes of disharmony and relationsip problems are much deeper and darker than the book. The book simply has Max being sent to his room.

  2. I’m with you. Loved the cinematography. Felt like I wasted my time on the plot.

    I want movies to move me from here to somewhere better or provide catharsis. Not leave me thinking….what????

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