When the infamous beasts of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are show up in director Spike Jonze’s adaptation of the beloved children’s book, you’ll genuinely feel as if you’re being transported to another world. After four years of filming and all kinds of delays, the gifted director has managed to put something onscreen that resembles nothing like I’ve ever seen before; he’s made something wonderful. Max Records takes on the role of Max, a rambunctious kid who acts up one evening and winds up in a land of moody monsters. The film looks beautiful; the dialogue is real and honest; the dirt fights are quite vicious. The beasts are voiced by the likes of James Gandolfini, Forest Whitaker and Catherine O’Hara. This is an extraordinary film, but it’s not for kids, so proceed with caution.
Jonze's adaptation is a delightful movie for adults about being a kid
Official Site:wherethewildthingsare.warnerbros.com Director: Spike Jonze Producer: Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Maurice Sendak, John Carls, Vincent Landay, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Bruce Berman Cast: Catherine Keener, Max Records, Mark Ruffalo, James Gandolfini, Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper, Catherine O'Hara, Forest Whitaker and Paul Dano
Charleston City PaperThis year gave us a host of great films — one even had zombiesIn many areas, 2009 sucked profoundly — bad economy, bickering health-scare debate, the Yankees winning the World Series again. But at the movies, things were much better. In some years, the last couple of films on my top 10 list just fill out space; in 2009, I agonized over terrific films that didn't quite make the cut. If you're looking for entertainment or dramatic tension over the next few months, your Netflix queue could be an embarrassment of riches.by Scott Renshaw12/30/2009
Colorado Springs IndependentHeavy liftingYou could argue that Where the Wild Things Are is the most ambitious film ever inspired by a 10-sentence-long
picture-book — but that sentiment doesn't do justice to this prickly, hilarious, devastatingly emotional work of art.by Scott Renshaw10/15/2009