Saturday, 19 December 2009
Where The Wild Things Are
I think Spike Jonze's movie is amazing, although it's not at all what I expected, and not what you'd think from the trailer! It is joyful and whimsical, as you'd expect, but it's also moody and dark and confusing. When Max travels to the land of the Wild Things, where he can do as he likes, the Wild Things are doing just as they like, and the anarchic life is only happy some of the time. Like Max, the Wild Things are full of conflicting desires and emotions, and their life together veers from success to failure and back again.
It's no surprise that eccentric genius Dave Eggers co-wrote the movie with Spike Jonze. And Maurice Sendak himself was also involved in the project.
It's not really a movie for children, but it has a lot to say about being a child, and being a social creature.
There's a nice article discussing the making of the film here.
And if you've already seen the film, TV Tropes has some very interesting comments.
Oh, and best movie poster ever, here.