Where the Wild Things Are
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  • As a child, I was fascinated with the children’s book Where the Wild Things Are, and years later, I enjoyed reading it to my own kids
  • I like Spike Jonze a lot and enjoy his movies
  • In my adult mind, and something children may not get from this movie, is that Max is learning realities like loneliness, regret, guilt, love, respect and empathy
  • The boy who plays Max, whose name is Max Records, is by far the best child actor I have seen in a long time
  • I would recommend Where the Wild Things Are for children, but if you are finding yourself without kids, I would not hesitate to go anyway, or rent the DVD when it comes out

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      As a child, I was fascinated with the children’s book Where the Wild Things Are, and years later, I enjoyed reading it to my own kids. I didn’t have an excuse to see the movie, and I had thought about asking one of my friends’ children to accompany me, but I got over the supposed embarrassment, and went to see it at a cheap movie theatre anyway. I discovered that, while the tale of a naughty boy

      being punished in his room and escaping into his own fantasy world is appealing to children, there are some adult themes in this movie as well.

      I like Spike Jonze a lot and enjoy his movies. In the opening scenes, he has Max, our protagonist, being an energetic, smart 9 year old, who is growing up and beginning to see some of the not-so-wonderful aspects of reality. By the time he runs away and sails to the island ...


      • where the Wild Things live and becomes King, he begins to deal with some much more grown up things. In my adult mind, and something children may not get from this movie, is that Max is learning realities like loneliness, regret, guilt, love, respect and empathy.

        The boy who plays Max, whose name is Max Records, is by far the best child actor I have seen in a long time. The Wild Things were my favourite part

        of the film; they remind me of huge muppets, which shouldn’t be surprising, given that Jim Henson designed the costumes. The sets are very good, and for me, it was as close to the book’s illustrations as you could possibly get.

        I would recommend Where the Wild Things Are for children, but if you are finding yourself without kids, I would not hesitate to go anyway, or rent the DVD when it comes out. It is worth it!




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    Janos says :

    I don’t get why you call him a good child actor, I wanted to slap this kid during the movie He bit his mom, pouted and cried over things that you shouldn’t cry about, and overall acted like a terrible brat The whole movie came across very mean spirited, the part that bothered me the most was the Wild thing with the owls that she kept throwing around really harshly.. and when Douglas’s arm got knocked clean off due to them being way too rough.

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    Vital Expressions says :

    This movie was horrible. I completely agree with Janos, and honestly I think it is really inappropriate for the age range the book was written for. One of my favorite books as a child was marred by this horrendous film. Though the visual effects were pretty cool in parts. It didn’t save the plot, or the acting. In addition, I also was horrified when Douglas’s arm got ripped off

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