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Author: Bill Ramey
October 14, 2009

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OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS: Max, a rambunctious and sensitive boy who feels misunderstood at home and escapes to where the Wild Things are. Max lands on an island where he meets mysterious and strange creatures whose emotions are as wild and unpredictable as their actions. The Wild Things desperately long for a leader to guide them, just as Max longs for a kingdom to rule. When Max is crowned king, he promises to create a place where everyone will be happy. Max soon finds, though, that ruling his kingdom is not so easy and his relationships there prove to be more complicated than he originally thought.

DIRECTED BY: Spike Jonze
WRITTEN BY: Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers
CAST: Max Records, Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo, James Gandolfini
OFFICIAL SITE: WHERETHEWILDTHINGSARE.COM

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, the movie…

Upfront, I was rather disappointed by this film -- one that I have been looking quite forward to seeing. Being a fan of Maurice Sendak's wonderful book, I was definitely interested in seeing it brought to life in a live-action film. Granted, I was worried how you adapt a 20 page, 9 sentence book into a 90 minute film.

Well, it looks like my concerns were with merit as I found this it to be virtually plot-less and rather boring. I found myself looking at my watch every few seconds from the moment the Warner Bros. logo hit the screen ‘til the final credits rolled -- a BIG red flag whenever I see a film.

Instead of a children’s story about a kid who is sent to his room who then deals with the punishment via his imagination, we get...

A Muppet Movie featuring a brat and his self-psychoanalysis. One that will bore adults to death and have kids thinking “What the heck is this and why isn’t it fun?”

I think get what director Spike Jonez was going for here, OK? A spoiled child who gets to see himself through the eyes of an adult, has an epiphany, then all is well. All was not well with me when it come to WTWTA. There was just something missing…

Giving a damn!

I never mustered up one ounce of care for this kid Max (Max Records) or any of the annoying Wild Things. The only thing I cared about was the movie ending so I could leave.

On a positive note, the film was beautiful to look at and the Wild Things costumes (and special effects) were fabulous. BUT…

I simply wasn’t entertained by WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE the movie -- which is a bummer since I love the book. Therefore, consider yourself warned. If you go to this film expecting the source material, you’re not going to get it.

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, the movie...

A playful tale of a young lad and his hairy, imaginary friends? No. A bizarre group therapy session involving a spoiled brat and monsters in need of antidepressants? Yes.

GRADE: C-

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