Where the Wild Things Are

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"There's one in all of us."
  • PG
  • 2009
  • 1 hr 41 min
  • 6.7  (108,118)
  • 71

In 2009, the film adaptation of the beloved children's book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak was released, directed by Spike Jonze. The story follows the imaginative, troubled young boy Max (played by Max Records) as he escapes to a world of his own creation, inhabited by mysterious and often unpredictable creatures known as the Wild Things.

The film begins with a glimpse into Max's home life, where his single mother (played by Catherine Keener) is struggling with work and personal issues, leaving Max feeling neglected and frustrated. One evening, after a particularly difficult day, Max confronts his mother and runs away from home, seeking refuge in the nearby woods. There, he finds a small boat and sails away to a distant island, where he discovers a land inhabited by the Wild Things.

The Wild Things are magnificent creatures, brought to life through a combination of costume and CGI effects. Each one has a distinct appearance and personality, from the large, intimidating Carol (voiced by Forest Whitaker) to the small, mischievous Judith (voiced by Catherine O'Hara). The Wild Things are initially hesitant to accept Max into their community, but he impresses them with his bravery and imagination, and soon becomes their king.

As king of the Wild Things, Max tries to create a sense of order and companionship among the creatures, but his leadership is tested as the Wild Things' different personalities clash and disagreements arise. Throughout his time on the island, Max learns valuable lessons about self-expression, empathy, and the importance of family and belonging.

Where the Wild Things Are is a visually stunning film, with breathtaking landscapes and imaginative creatures that bring the world of the story to life. The film's soundtrack, composed by Karen O (frontwoman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs), perfectly complements the mood of the film, with a mix of ethereal and energetic tracks that capture the spirit of Max's wild adventure.

At its heart, Where the Wild Things Are is a poignant exploration of childhood, imagination, and the complex emotions that accompany growing up. The film is faithful to the simple yet profound themes of the original book, while expanding upon them in a way that is both creative and emotionally resonant. With its blend of whimsy and melancholy, the film is a true testament to the power and beauty of Maurice Sendak's classic work of children's literature.

Where the Wild Things Are is a 2009 kids & family movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 41 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7 and a MetaScore of 71.

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    1 hr 41 min
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    6.7  (108,118)
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