Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

DVD - 2010
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Max has an active imagination, who will throw a fit if others don't go along with what he wants. Following an incident with his sister Claire and her friends, Max throws a tantrum when his mother pays more attention to her boyfriend than to him - runs away from home. Wearing his wolf costume at the time, Max not only runs away physically, but runs toward a world in his imagination. This world, an ocean away, is inhabited by large wild beasts, including Carol who has the same temperament as Max. Instead of eating Max like they normally would with creatures of his type, the wild things befriend Max after he proclaims himself a king who can magically solve all their problems.

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Visually stunning. It's like some gorgeous, dreamy visual dessert.
The acting, costumes, music, and dialogue are all above par.

But, make no mistake, despite it being based on a children's story: This movie is not for kids.
I'm not even sure if Spike Jonze meant it to be.
It's dark, EXTREMELY melancholy, and as terrifyingly random and frightning as a childs fantasy could be.
All of the characters speak, act, and interact in exactly the way a child would want and imagine them to.
It's actually quite brilliant. AND, Original. I've never seen anything like it.
But, I repeat: Your children will not understand or appreciate the morbid beauty of this any more than they would Schindlers List.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 10, 2018

This film is vivid in my childhood memories as it is a drama/fantasy film that is nostalgic to many. Max is a young boy who feels lonely and misunderstood, so he escapes to where the Wild Things are and soon finds himself to be their king. Sadly, things don’t work out exactly as hoped given that changing locations won’t make you feel whole. This movie covers many relatable topics in an easy to understand way for children, and the creatures have personality and interest with the use of good special effects. I would rate this film 3.5/5 stars and recommend it to those familiar with the original story. @The_Reviewer of the TEen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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booksmile
Jul 01, 2017

Movie felt sad and depressing and somber. I think the book is kinda fun and lighthearted, so it was not at all the same. I wouldn't recommend the movie for kids either.

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cindyttown
Nov 17, 2015

This DVD didn't work at all. It needs to be replaced.

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0cho
Oct 09, 2014

A waste of time. Although I didn’t fast forward this movie, I keep waiting for something meaningful to happen that never came. Lot’s of dark humour but still not enough. Don’t bother with this movie.

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jlnunez
Aug 04, 2014

One of the "Where the wild things are" DVD copies DOES NOT WORK at all.

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neonchameleon
Jul 17, 2013

This is a tough one to rate. Although it is really interesting and full of interesting undertones and psychological symbolism (all of the monsters represented different aspects of Max's psyche), it was not what I (or I think anyone) expected. Definitely not for kids, i mean there are some kinda scary parts but mostly I imagine it would bore them. Actually, when I saw it in theatres it there were some kids infront of me and I don't think they were into it at all. That being said, it made me feel something that lingered even after teh movie was over, it was very sad and reminded me of my own feelings of loneliness as a child. A very interesting and smart movie but not what I think most people would expect from something based ona classic children's book.

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ThelmaPickles
Jul 14, 2013

People are so quick to condemn something that is unique and complex. I think this is a magical film that captures the spirit of the book and Sendak himself. If you want to learn more please watch the documentary "Tell Them Anything You Want, A Portrait of Maurice Sendak". Yes, the film deals with the wide range of human emotions: happiness, sadness,joy, loneliness etc. Kids experience these emotions too and that was Sendak's point. Childhood is often a scary place. The book was widely criticized when it was first printed but it quickly became a classic because it spoke to kids. I recommend this to anyone over 6 years of age.

Kitty_ONeill May 16, 2013

I did not like this movie at all. It has some very dark setting and extremely dark characters.

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Hello_Seattle
May 07, 2013

Bunch of random stuff happening. No story line really, just a hap-hazard movie. Expected more as I read the book when I was little. But it wasn't like the book at all. It was really lame, camera was jerky for no reason at all (normally done to stir adrenaline) and gave me a head-ache. Not the a kids movie at all. Warner Bros President said of the movie:

"I would say it’s a movie for adults first and for a certain kind of child second. It doesn't completely fit your expectation of a pure family film. It’s all good, but it is surprising."

Not a good movie in general, very poorly put together.

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jgrnlees
Jul 08, 2011

Coarse Language: Mild language

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jgrnlees
Jul 08, 2011

Violence: Child fights with and bites his mother. Fantasy creatures destroy huts, fight, and talk about eating each other.

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