Where the Wild Things Are

With Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, Spike Jonze quickly built up a reputation as a quirky auteur, so it's hard to believe that Where the Wild Things Are is just his third film, and first in seven years. A creative, melancholic adaptation of Maurice Sendak's strikingly imagined but admittedly slim children's book, Jonze's work is essentially a delicate portrait of a kid's id restlessly coming to terms with growing up — a yelp for attention from a generation with dwindling adult role models. Just as Election was a film with teen characters that wasn't really a teen movie, so too is Where the Wild Things Are a movie about a child that — though Warner Bros.' marketing team may loathe to hear this — isn't a children's film. Despite star presence and largely swooning reviews, neither of Jonze's other movies cracked the $25 million mark domestically. Critical praise will be paramount in positioning this film to adult filmgoers, since family audiences may find it too challenging. For the full, original review, from Screen International, click here. (Warner Bros., PG, 101 minutes)


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