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Where the Wild Things Are Film Review

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Review for Where the Wild Things Are the movie


WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE MOVIE REVIEW

Where the Wild Things Are the movie is a interesting film to watch. Based on a short children's story book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are the movie is an interesting tale. The short story, Where the Wild Things Are is just a few pages long and consists mainly of illustrations so it was quite an ambitious feat for the writers to develop a Where the Wild Things Are movie lasting over an hour and a half.

  • I am one of the few who was not familiar with the short story before watching Where the Wild Things Are the movie.
  • When Where the Wild Things Are the movie was advertised as being based on one of the most beloved children's stories of all time, my ears perked up. How could I not know about this story? Book reviews show Where the Wild Things Are to be one of the all time favorite stories of much of its audience. A minority of people do not like the story and find it a bit creepy though.

The story, Where the Wild Things Are features monsters that look formidable but are really quite harmless. The story of Where the Wild Things Are the movie begins with a young boy Max who has behavioral problems that some might just call his being bratty. He seems to be starved for attention.

  • His father is absent and his mother is dating.
  • His sister Claire is in high school and has her own friends.
  • Max is largely ignored by Claire and her friends.
  • One day, he decides to get some attention by starting a snowball fight with them as they emerge from the house. It is all fun and games at first.

In this scene of Where the Wild Things Are the movie, Max is enjoying himself and Claire and her friends are happy to participate by throwing snowballs back at Max, but soon Max is in tears as he seems to have been hurt by being hit too hard with snowballs. He is ignored instead of comforted as his sister and her friends get into a car and leave.

Where the Wild Things Are movie DVD

It's all fun and games at first, in Where the Wild Things Are the movie.

Where the Wild Things Are the movie

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Max acts out in Where the Wild Things Are the movie

In Where the Wild Things Are the movie, Max has some anger coupled with his youthful energy and decides to go into his sister's bedroom and trash it. Max is at an 'act first, think later' stage and does not feel badly about what he has done until it is all over. He confides in his mother who comforts him so that he does not feel so bad.

Shortly later however, it is his mother who he offends.

  • Max embarrasses her while she is at home entertaining a man on a dinner date.
  • Max jumps on the table and misbehaves.
  • His mother's pleas fall on empty ears.
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photo credit: imdb.com

I'll eat you up!

— Max pretending to be a monster in Where The Wild Things Are the movie

A wild adventure in Where the Wild Things Are the movie

  1. As in the short story, in Where the Wild Things Are the movie, Max pretends to be a monster himself and tells his mother "I'll eat you up!"
  2. In the movie, Max's mother grabs him to hold him and get him down from the table and he bites her shoulder!
  3. In dismay, she drops him and explains that he hurt her.
  4. In the movie, the movie character Max then runs out the front door, running away from home on a wild adventure. (In contrast, in the short story book, Max is sent to his bedroom without dinner and his wild adventure begins in his imagination while he has to be in his room.)

The film, Where the Wild Things Are makes it seem like everything Max goes on to experience is real. In the movie, Max runs down the street of the neighborhood and eventually gets to a shore with a small abandoned boat. He takes the boat from its anchor and allows himself to drift out to sea in it.

In Where the Wild Things Are the movie, Max takes the boat and drifts out to sea in it.

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photo credit: imdb.com

At sea in Where the Wild Things Are the movie

In Where the Wild Things Are the movie, Max is at sea for quite some time it seems, definitely overnight. Finally, he docks and goes up a cliff where there seems to be some inhabitants and activity. He stays out of their view at first but is amazed by what he sees from his hiding place.

  1. They are large furry monsters unlike anything known to exist on earth but Max does not scream for seeing the likes of something he has never seen before.
  2. He continues to watch and then runs out to join them.
  3. He is not immediately accepted but he is not attacked either.
  4. He does not feel like he is in danger.
  5. He is comfortable with these monsters and fabricates a story for them, saying that he is a wandering king from a faraway land.
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Max, the wandering king from a faraway land in Where the Wild Things Are the movie

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The wild rumpus in WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE the movie

In WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE the movie, the monsters soon declare Max the king of their own land and "the wild rumpus" begins. There is a montage of Max and the monsters just running around and going wild, partying really.

After a night's sleep, they all begin to plan. They want to develop their land, including building a fort. They put trust in Max to lead them.

  • Doubt arises relatively quickly among the monsters- Carol, KB, Alexander and others (in Where the Wild Things Are the movie, they are named but in Where the Wild Things Are the book they are not).
  • The monsters in Where the Wild Things Are the movie begin to realize that Max is just a lost boy not a wandering king.
  • It was all good while it lasted and the monsters definitely develop an affection for Max as he does for them but it isn't long before Max must journey home again.

In Where the Wild Things Are the movie, it isn't long before Max must journey home again.

Where the Wild Things Are Trailer

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE the movie

This movie is directed by Spike Jonze

This movie is starring Max Records, Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo and others

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE the movie is rated PG

I rate WHERE THE WILD THING ARE the movie 3/5 stars ***

Where the Wild Things Are the movie

Did you ever read the book, Where The Wild Things Are?

If you have not seen this movie, Where The Wild Things Are yet, do you think that you will see it one day?

© 2010 Nyesha Pagnou MPH

Comments

Nyesha Pagnou MPH (author) from USA on April 09, 2010:

Hi Michael, thanks for commenting!

Michael Shane from Gadsden, Alabama on April 09, 2010:

Thanks for the review! I have this in que & can't wait to see it!

Nyesha Pagnou MPH (author) from USA on April 09, 2010:

Thanks Smireles!

Sandra Mireles from Texas on April 09, 2010:

Enjoyed the review. Loved the trailer! Good hub

Nyesha Pagnou MPH (author) from USA on April 09, 2010:

Hello, hello, alekhouse, thanks for your lovely comments!

Nancy Hinchliff from Essex Junction, Vermont on April 09, 2010:

Enjoyed the review...well done. Thanks

Hello, hello, from London, UK on April 09, 2010:

Great review. Thank you

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