A Wild Rumpus Where The Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak’s beloved Caldecott Award winning classic “Where the Wild Things Are” comes to life with Spike Jonez’s adaptation for the big screen. With eye popping cinematography and amazing costume designs, the film is a visual feast. As a viewer, I felt swept away by the wide open dunes and deserts to beautifully crafted forests.  However, the intensity of emotions and somewhat too violent representation of Max was kind of troubling for me, mainly because I was expecting a fun kids story.  However, I realized in hindsight, the movie is really not a movie for kids but about childhood. I wasn’t prepared for the depth of the film which was why it threw me off. Moreso, Max’s very strong abandomnent issues and loneliness was so intense that it stirred up emotions in me that I wasn’t expecting.

As a whole, I would say it is an interesting take on childhood, the places we go to when faced with stresses and man’s ability for insight as he tries to make sense of a world on the inside as well as out. Younger kids would perhaps enjoy the wild rumpus and the monsters Max met, however, with regards to storyline, maybe it’s not so kiddie. However, in the press screening I was invited to (thanks again to Warner Bros. Pictures!), there was a young boy who seemed to enjoy the movie a lot, so I suppose it really depends on the viewer.

Catch Where the Wild Things are at an Ayala Cinema near you starting February 3, 2010.

  • #1
    Posted by Lourdes Espanol on May 29th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    I wasn’t able to see this movie but I’ve read somewhere na maganda sya.

  • #2
    Posted by zoan on May 29th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    ang dami ko nang movies kailangan panoorin dahil sa iyo ria ehehe

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