Friday, December 25, 2009

where the wild things are

oh, it's that dog. don't feed it, he'll just follow you around...


max (max records) is growing up in a house with his mother (catherine keener) and sister (pepita emmerichs); he's a little bored, but has an active imagination, likes building forts, wearing his wolf costume and is a little wild. after playing up, he runs off into the woods near his house and discovers a boat; he sets sail, crosses seas and ends up on an island... where the wild things are...

the wild things, carol (james gandolfini) and others, adopt max as their king, who tries to unite the fractious bunch with the building of a grand fort...

well, i'm vaguely familiar with the book, but only very vaguely. regardless, i don't think that's important, when watching this film. the film is, in essence, a story about childhood, allegorical and metaphor filled, with the wild things representing certain aspects of either max's personality or max himself. it's not too heavy handed and, as one would expect from mr jonze, it is always interesting and slightly off-kilter...

the main thing to say is just how amazing the wild things are... a mixture of big suits, animatronics and cgi tinkering, they really do look incredible and the voice talents of gandolfini, katherine o'hara, chris cooper, paul dano, forest whitaker and michael berry jnr, add to these incredible creations. the film is fun, charming, moving, odd, magical and very funny in equal measures.

a real treat...

the film is currently on general release.

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