Where the Wild Things Are
- Released: Thursday, 03 December 2009
- Runtime: 101 mins.
Starring Max Records, Catherine Keener, and Mark Ruffalo. Directed by Spike Jonze.
Rated PG (Mild violence and scary scenes). 101 min.
ReviewThis film brings to the screen the much loved 1963 book by Maurice Sendak, which tells the story of a little boy called Max (Max Records) in a wolf suit, who gets sent to bed one night without dinner by his mother Connie (Catherine Keener) after she brings her boyfriend (Mark Ruffalo) home and Max jealously misbehaves. Max’s imagination takes him to a vast sea where he sets sail to the Land of the Wild Things. There, he encounters strange and mythical beasts which aren’t living harmoniously together; in fact, they are a neurotic bunch of difficult animals. The wild things become suspicious of Max and want to eat him, but he eventually convinces them that he has magical powers that will bring them harmony. The untamed beasts promptly crown him as the “King of The Whole World”, but tension mounts among the beasts as they see Max favouring some of them over others. One of the creatures, Carol, has anger problems just like Max’s, and is the problem beast of the pack. Eventually, Max decides to depart, and the wild things sadly escort Max to the boat that brought him to their land. With the help of the wild things, Max has given vent to his impulses. Love and affection now replace anger and resentment, and he is welcomed at home by his distraught mother.
This has to be the must-see PG movie of the Christmas season. The season is inundated with animated movies which are produced efficiently and geared to draw breath as much as to delight. Set on the rocky coast of Australia, this film has its fair share of computer effects, but it features wonderful, large furry animals that lend an amazing look of realism to the story, and the film is a delight to watch. Almost seamlessly, it mixes live adventure, costuming that reflects Sendak’s unique vision, and digitalised facial expressions that make the animals more human.
The Director, Spike Jonze, who worked with Maurice Sendak on the movie, has brought a wonderful imagination to Sendak’s story to reflect the confused world of a problem 9-yr. old child. Jonze’s rich imagination is allowed to roam broadly and free. The book is just 373 words long, and much has been included necessarily to elaborate and extend the original story for the film, but integrity is maintained.
This is a quality film. Parents need to be warned about it, but once warned and proper judgement is made, this is the best imaginative movie around. It is a beautiful and disturbing film about childhood, and it is visually stunning.