Where the Wild Things Are

There's one in all of us
There's one in all of us
D: Spike Jonze
Warner/Village Roadshow/Legendary (Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Maurice Sendak, John Carls & Vincent Landay)
US/Australia 2009
114 mins


W: Spike Jonze & Dave Eggars [based on the book by Maurice Sendak]
DP: Lance Acord
Ed: Eric Zumbrunnen & James Haygood
Mus: Carter Burwell & Karen O
PD: K.K. Barrett

Max Records (Max), Catherine Keener (Connie), Mark Ruffalo (Adrian), Lauren Ambrose (voice of K.W.), James Gandolfini (voice of Carol), Chris Cooper (voice of Douglas)

As a children's film, this isn't very likely to capture the heart and minds of the young, while for adults, it may serve as a perfect nostalgia trip to those who have read Maurice Sendak's 1963 book during their childhood.
A naughty young boy, dressed in a wolf costume, is sent to bed without dinner and is whisked away to a mysterious jungle island inhabited by large wolf-like creatures who worship him as their king.
It's a faithful adaptation by writer-director Spike Jonze, utilising visuals which are almost identical to the illustrations from the original source, it just lacks that bit of cinema magic able to make it appeal to a wider demographical range.

Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are