Faith-Family Film Review: Where the Wild Things Are
By Catholic Office for Filma nd Broadcasting,
Where the Wild Things Are—Intriguing though melancholy fantasy in which a rambunctious young boy (Max Records) quarrels with his divorced mother (Catherine Keener) and runs away from home, eventually sailing to the island abode of the Wild Things, a close-knit but emotionally unstable community of giants (voiced, most prominently, by James Gandolfini and Lauren Ambrose) whose personalities reflect various aspects of the youth’s real-life experiences and of his unsettled psychological state. While objectionable elements are minimal, director and co-writer Spike Jonze’s subtle adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic 1963 children’s book — which combines live action, puppetry and computer-generated animation — far from being a film for kids, is instead a wistful adult meditation on the interior struggles of childhood. Also shown in Imax. Occasional menace and a few mild oaths. A-II — adults and adolescents. (PG) 2009
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