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Where the Wild Things Are

January 10th, 2010
Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

Rating: ★★★★½

Movie: Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

Studio : Village Roadshow Pictures

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Runtime : 101 min

Website : Where the Wild Things Are

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Returning to childhood is never as good as we may remember it. Spike Jonze brings us back to those days in his adaptation of a popular children’s book that probably has lost most of its original meaning in the process. I say “probably” because it has been so long since I have read it that I only remember the core pieces of the plot, which I’m sure Spike Jonze assumes of his audience as this movie is not really as much a family film as much as a painful return to nostalgic times perhaps best left in nostalgia.

If you plan on bringing a child with you to this film, I emphasize that this movie is sometimes wince-inducing, and even downright graphic. The monsters in the original story have become personal aspects of the boy, bringing with them the sing-song logic of children seen in tales like Alice in Wonderland rather than, say, the modern children’s films of the 90’s featuring a wisecracking child capable of outwitting and conquering adults in the real world.

In the end, this film feels like the end result of Calvin and Hobbes mixed with Lord of the Flies. Granted, while the film paints a bleak picture of a child’s fantasy gone wrong, it also makes it that much more powerful seeing the tenderness and pure love that can be found between the unintentional violence of this fantasy world and the real one.

I suppose if there is anything I could gripe about, it’s how incomplete the ending feels with loose strings and unresolved issues. But, in a way, it’s that incomplete nature that just reminds me of how much reality is like that, and I guess I have to credit Jonze in the end for it rather than criticize him.

-Donald Lee-

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