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16 October 2009

Where the Wild Things Are (Review)

directed by Spike Jonze

Well folks, the verdict is in, and I know that you know that I knew, deep down in my heart’s soul, that Spike Jonze’s most stunning achievement to date was to be the most wonderful (I believe I called it heart swelling and colossally magical) filmic experience of this or any other year. Ladies and gentlemen, I have to tell you, I was right! Raw, emotional and dangerous, Jonze’s masterpiece (right again) about childhood, divorce and isolation hits closer to the bull’s eye than any other attempt on the subject. Max (Max Records) is a little boy with a big imagination, and his attempts to reel others in on the rumpus just seem to fall apart. But when he discovers a world populated by wild things (did you read the book?), he sets out to build a world of his own, a world of fun, of comfort, of companionship. In Jonze’s roughly tender embrace, the peaks and troughs of childhood are as frenzied, sinister, dangerous, and accurate, as anything us adults endure. Max’s gang of wild friends are like the dark prism of his psyche, all struggling to live together in a fortress that proves too ambitious. What Jonze succeeds in doing is creating a world ruled by youth, and all the problems, simplicity and freedom that result from the flawed logic and ample optimism of such a place. Masterful direction, exquisite cinematography, a script artfully attuned to the spirit of youth, all the elements are there, but try as I might, I simply couldn’t bottle the wonder and beauty of such a film into a mere review. I suppose breathtaking might come close to describing it. Just go and experience it for yourself.


  1. I hope someone will be able to come out with Halloween costumes based on the characters in WTWTA, it would be awesome to dress up as Carol

  2. That would be excellent. I would love to see a few Alexanders and Douglases walking around.


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