Where The Wild, Sad, Hopeful Things Are October 16, 2009Posted by patrick.klepek in movies.
Tags: books, childhood, movies, spike jonze, where the wild things are
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Where The Wild Things Are is not for kids. It’s an adult adaptation made for people who read the book, cherish it and grew up.
It’s not a fun, whimsical adventure on an island full of furry creatures, but a supremely powerful art film whose resonance is entirely dependent on your own childhood experiences. That’s the biggest “X” factor for this film. What you bring into Where The Wild Things Are will determine what you get out of it, and unlike many other instances where this happens, you can’t really control this one.
It’s a movie made for people who grew up with the book and not something I’d immediately recommend to children. You have to grow up to appreciate what director Spike Jonze created. But if you had a troubled childhood, if you ever felt like a loner and nobody understood you, Where The Wild Things Are has the potential to really speak to you.
It did for me.
It’s often a sad movie, but a lovely and inspired one.