There’s a genuine feeling of being transported to another
world when the infamous beasts of Maurice Sendak’s Where the
Wild Things Are
show up in director Spike Jonze’s adaptation
of the beloved children’s book. After four years of filming and
all kinds of delays, the gifted director has managed to put something
onscreen that is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. What
he’s made here is wonderful. Max Records takes on the role of
Max, a rambunctious kid who acts up one evening and winds up in a land
of moody monsters. The film looks beautiful, the dialogue is real and
honest, and the dirt fights are quite vicious. The beasts are voiced by
the likes of James Gandolfini, Forest Whitaker and Catherine
O’Hara. This is an extraordinary film, but it’s not for
kids, so proceed with caution.

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