Innovative director Spike Jonze collaborates with celebrated author Maurice Sendak to bring one of the most beloved books of all time to the big screen -- Where the Wild Things Are -- a classic story about childhood and the places we go to figure out world in which we live. When rambunctious and sensitive young Max (Max Records) feels misunderstood at home, he escapes to an island where he meets mysterious and strange creatures, the Wild Things, whose emotions are as wild and unpredictable as their actions. The Wild Things desperately long for a leader to guide them, just as Max longs for a kingdom to rule. As leader, Max promises to create a place where everyone will be happy, but he soon discovers that ruling his kingdom is far from easy.]]>
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The claims that this film is a little intense are true - it IS intense because it's much more honest and real than any other films for children available in the last thirty years. By 'for children' I mean ALL children, any age.
Those who can't recall what it was like to be a kid aren't going to get it. They will be those who don't recall what it was like to be frightened, who don't recall how it feels to be second best to those they love most, who never had to carve out a slice of reality (or unreality) for themselves to make sense of the incomprehensible.
The world portrayed in the film is the real world where individuals live their own lives, sometimes at the expense of the feelings of those immediately around them, especially family. This may be the source of the films undeserved reputation as "scary" - while it is certainly no ghetto, "Max" the child protoganist lives in a realistically portrayed lower income neighborhood and his familial troubles are ones all too many children are accustomed to. He responds to these cares in ways that are well documented in child psychology. If this setting is considered by some as too scary for children then we have only ourselves to blame. This is how the real world is - it is not an Eighties family sit-com.
My nephew (5) and neice (9) are currently going through their parents divorce. Without spelling out the obvious overmuch, it was with a little trepidation that my Brother and I took them to see this yesterday.Read more ›
Let me say that this film looks stunning. The voice acting is brilliant, the writing and directing are sublime and the pace of the movie is measured, but perfectly so. I think the reason that people are slamming this movie is because they are approaching it a kids film, which it isn't. It is an adult film about being a kid, and how hard it could be and how we would often find comfort in make-believe.
In my opinion, this is one of the most affecting films I have seen in years. Complex in so many ways- I am sure that this movie will reveal itself more as you revisit it. Don't go in expecting a fast-paced kiddies adventure movie, but instead look at the previous work of the brilliant Spike Jonze to see how he has grown as a film-maker and yet lost nothing of what made him so great in the firt place. This is a grown-up, sad, sometimes unsettling look at childhood and imagination, and I for one absolutely loved it.
The blu-ray transfer is terrific also. The short film Higgedy Piggedy Pop which is included in the extras is wonderful, and I am looking forward to delving into some of the other extras included on this disc.
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We had our 7 year old read the book to the family first, then watched the movie. We had a memorable family movie night. I enjoyed the movie and so did the kids.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great movie for young children and adults, great message about human behavior and friendship.Published 19 days ago by Brie S
Depressing, disturbing, angry, disrespectful, violent, scary. Those are the words we used when discussing this movie the next day as a family. NOT something I would recommend.Published 21 days ago by Candice Galvane
One of my fav books growing up. I read with my children, and now watched with the grandkids.Published 24 days ago by Audrea
The movie was well done and interestingly off-beat. It offers some good lessons to children about bad tempers and appreciating those who love us. Read morePublished 28 days ago by J. Smith
What a drab, dreary, depressing movie. It has none of the magic that the book has. I wouldn't let a youngish child watch this, it's too scary. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Heather Pearson
We loved this movie. It is a little darker than the book and for grown ups who loved the book mostly but my boys loved it.Published 1 month ago by Gina Gabriell
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