To be perfectly honest, I have been sitting in my chair in front of my computer for about an hour now trying to write the best opening sentence that describes my undying love for WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. Spike Jonze has been making this movie for a long time, fighting the studio in order to release his vision of what this film should be. I am sooooooooo happy that he won in the end otherwise we could've gotten a crappy kids movie with lame fart jokes and lame references to famous movies that kids wouldn't understand.
This is not the kids movie that we are used to seeing these days. There are no pop culture references and all the other crap that all studios that aren't named PIXAR put in their movies. This is truly nothing you've ever seen before. Spike Jonze has successfully adapted a 10 sentence book into a 90 minute film by staying true to the original source and yet makes a personal film that takes us back to how we saw the world when we were little kids. Although I understand why the studio is worried about how this will play out, I am glad that Spikes vision is the one they stuck with. Even if this doesn't do well, at least the film will always exist for those who appreciate.
WILD THINGS truly takes you back to being a little kid, remembering how simple life used to be, the innocence that we all used to have. It made me miss everything about being a little kid and wonder how so much changed so fast by growing up. I wanted to go back and do things after seeing the movie but if I went ahead and did them there would be an endless list of suspicious questions from the police about why I was building sand castles by a playground.
I'm not exactly sure if kids will appreciate this film. This is a kids movie for grown ups. Not to say that kids can't enjoy it, but I think it resonates with adults more because the movie takes us back the who we once were. Kids will be able to identify with Max, but I'm not sure that the film will have the same impact as it does on grown ups.
I know it's a bit early, but I do feel that this movie deserves some Oscar consideration, especially for best director. Spike Jonze did everything right in terms of capturing everything from a kids point of view. He made all the right moves and it shows. This was made with care and love and you truly get the sense that everyone involved pushed themselves as far as they could to make a perfect film. It's a treasure that I will go on loving for as long as I am in love with film. I love this movie, mostly for personnel reasons, and I hope that it connects with everyones inner child the same way it did with mine.
Rating: BETTER THAN SEX