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Where the Wild Things Are

October 13, 2009 - Brandi Bowers
Well, the holiday movie blitz has officially begun. If you're looking for a movie to go see this weekend, my pick is Where the Wild Things Are.

It was the idea of Writer/Director, Spike Jonze (famous for his wacky music videos), to bring this beloved children's book to the big screen. The book was written by Maurice Sendak and first published in 1963.

The story follows a little boy named Max, who gets in trouble and is sent to his room. There, his imagination soars, and he is transported to another world, where he sails to the land of the Wild Things. There, Max can be as michievous as he wants. He was looking for a place to rule and these creatures, the Wild Things, were looking for someone to guide them. But their actions are as crazy as their emotions, and Max soon finds it's not so easy for everyone to be happy and do whatever they want at the same time.

The movie is a great mixture of comedy, fantasy & science fiction. It is also comprised of a great cast including: Max Records, Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara, Forest Whitaker, Lauren Ambrose & Chris Cooper. This, in combination with good directing and production, should make for an excellent movie, and with a PG rating, is good for most audiences. (Note: The creatures can be a little scary at first for really small children, since they are so large, but right away you can tell how friendly they are).

Where the Wild Things Are is one of those classic stories that's great at any age, because it's so relatable. After all, the tagline for the movie is, "There's one in all of us."

 
 

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