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Movie Review
"Where the Wild Things Are"

Movie review by:
Michael A. Smith

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Warner Brothers     
Starring: Max Records and Catherine Keener
Directed by: Spike Jonze
Rated: PG
Running Time: 1 hour 34 mins

Many books have tackled the imaginations of children, none so sharply as Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are.” And now, thanks to the childlike imagination of director Spike Jonze, the book comes to life on screen.

Max (Records) is not your normal boy. His parents divorced, Max often escapes from the realities of his life by donning a wolf costume and imagining adventures. When he’s home he resides under his mother’s computer table, cheering her up with inventive stories that she dutily takes down. One night, after an argument with mom, Max runs off. Soon he will have the greatest adventure of his life.

One of the most innovative and creative filmmakers working today, Jonze was the perfect choice to tell the story of Max and the friends he meets, a group of larger than life characters. The “wild things” are true to their name. Carol (voiced by James Gandolfini) is a larger version of Max, longing for a time when everyone is together as a family. Carol also has a thing for KW (voiced by Lauren Ambrose), a free spirit who often runs off to spend times with her new owl pals Bob and Terry. The wild things take Max into their group and proclaim him to be their new king. However, Max learns that everyone, kids and creatures alike, needs someone to look after them.

Voiced by some well recognizable names, the wild things are a brilliant combination of suited characters and animatronics, make each of the creatures life like. Besides Gandolfini and Ambrose, other actors giving voice include Paul Dano, Catherine O’Hara, Chris Cooper and Forest Whitaker. All of the actors do incredible work, with Gandolfini giving a performance that is award worthy. The scenery, be it rich jungle or barren desert, is beautifully photographed, a plus when everyone, kid and creature alike, decide to sleep outside in one big pile.

On a scale of zero to four stars I give “Where the Wild Things Are”


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