Nine-year-old Max runs away from home and sails across the sea to become king of a wondrous realm of gigantic fuzzy monsters - but being king may not be as carefree as it looks! Filmmaker Spike Jonze directs a magical, visually astonishing film version of Maurice Sendak's celebrated classic exploring the joyous and wild rumpus of the time and place we call childhood.
For big and small kids
- Where the Wild Things Are review by PS
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In a way this is a complementary movie to Toy Story 3, in terms of seeing growing up portrayed as a subtext. Kids get one thing out of it (big monsters, mud fights, chases), and my kids did love it - adults will see the poignancy of the boy coming to terms with his broken family and with life not being fair. The book is a jumping off point for quite a subtle meditation on growing up and accepting circumstances, and loving families without expecting them to be perfect.
- Where the Wild Things Are review by Jawbreaker
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Based on a famous short story, Spike Jonze has brought his customary imagination and fearless nature to this project. This is a film for all ages, as kids will enjoy seeing a wonderful world and memorable characters, while adults will appreciate the situations and decisions that have to be made. After all we all were kids once and that need to run away and hide is one we can all feel at time to time. The monsters are spectacular and the real stars, providing huge physicality and over-emphasised emotions. As with most Jonze films there are flaws and cracks, especially within the story, which has been spun out to fill a motion feature film. Yet overall it’s an entertaining and distinctive adventure that we all can enjoy.
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HBO first look: "Where the wild things are" – HBO's behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film
Plus: Series of "Where the wild thins are" short by Lance Bangs – Maurice and Spike, Max and Spike, the records family, Carter Burwell, the absurd difficulty of filming a dog running and barking at the same time, crew pranks spike, vampire attack: the max records short and the kids take over the picture
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