Movie Review: Where The Wild Things Are

Friday, October 16, 2009
By Sue Flannagan
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Adapted from the much loved children’s book by Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are takes viewers on an emotionally charged journey of a young boys struggle with life. Tough but fragile Max (Max Records) gets more than he bargains for when he escapes his own reality and stumbles upon a magical island of odd creatures who are unpredictable, and at times, very volatile. Max, an avid storyteller, and in his quest for his own kingdom, claims to be a king of a far off land. Desperate for leadership, the Wild Things crown Max their king in hopes of making their lives better. Unbeknownst to Max, being a king is not an easy task and he has to deal with the repercussions of his actions and promises. His biggest challenge is Carol (James Gandolfini), a loose cannon who is capable of bringing harm to Max and the others on the island.

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Recommendation: B+
Writers Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers successfully turn the original story, which is less than a dozen pages, into a full length feature. Technically, musically and visually, the film is right on the mark, especially on IMAX screens, where you feel like the creatures are right in the room with you. Where the Wild Things Are may not be suitable for all young children since the monsters can look a bit scary at times, but it is great for the young at heart.

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Where The Wild Things Are is a Warner Bros. Pictures release and can be seen on IMAX screens nationwide on October 16, 2009.

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2 Responses to “Movie Review: Where The Wild Things Are”

  1. Samantha K Says:

    the only thing that confuses me more than this movie is that so many people thought it was so good! the kid they got to be the lead-role did a freaking great job, and there were cool visual effects too at least


  2. Amari Says:

    …because it was good! i thought it was a great film, yeah probably not the greatest film of all time…but neithertheless a great movie! i loved it! very touching!


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