Where the Wild Things Are


By Declan Doheny

Spike Jonze, better known for his work as a music video director has worked with some of the world most influential artist such as Beastie Boys, Weezer and Daft Punk.

Despite been a renowned music video director, Jonze has delved into the world of the big screen on more than a few occasions, producing masterpieces such as Being John Malkovich and Adaptation. His latest embark is the classic 1963 children’s picture book Where the Wild Things Are by American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak.

The film stars Max Records as Max and Catherine Keener as his mother, with Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper, Paul Dano, James Gandolfini, Catherine O’Hara, and Forest Whitaker providing the voices of the principal Wild Things. The soundtrack was written and produced by Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s.

The screenplay was adapted by Jonze and Dave Eggers. Sendak was one of the producers for the film.

The Movie follows the story of young Max, who after a confrontation with his mother escapes to distant land through the power of his imagination. There he befriends a group of Wild Things.

This big screen adaptation is cinematically beautiful, and a credit to Jonze as a director. His attempt not to glamorize this movie has worked in his favour; by keeping it both dark and cold he has managed capture the innocence of Max and his imagination. This movie is more geared towards the 20 something’s to 30 something’s that remember the book from their childhood and is no substitute for engaging with the book as a child.

A very enjoyable movie, with a stand out performance from James Gandolfini who plays out of his comfort zone.