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"Where the Wild Things Are": From children's classic to enchanting movie

"Where the Wild Things Are" hits theaters this weekend.
"Where the Wild Things Are" hits theaters this weekend.
Warner Bros.

Maurice Sendak's 1963 classic, “Where the Wild Things Are,” comes to the big screen in an adventure tale that will bring a smile—and perhaps a tear—to viewers of all ages.  Although the beloved book has only ten lines, the much-anticipated film is a beautiful collaboration between innovative director Spike Jonze and the celebrated children’s author.  In fact, with its warm lighting and detailed production design, “Where the Wild Things Are” remains true to the look and spirit of the book but functions as a masterpiece all its own.

“Where the Wild Things Are” follows the adventure of Max (Max Records), a rambunctious young boy who is sent to his room after rebelling against his mother (Catherine Keener).  Feeling misunderstood at home, Max escapes to the land of the Wild Things, where mischief reigns and Max rules.  After being crowned king, Max promises to create a place where everyone will be happy.  However, he soon finds that ruling his kingdom is not so easy and his relationships there prove to be more complicated than he originally thought.

With notable actors such as James Gandolfini, Forest Whitaker, Paul Dano, Chris Cooper and Catherine O’Hara voicing the hairy and enormous Wild Things, the film explores themes such as isolation, anger and personal growth.  A mixture of real actors, computer animation, and live puppeteering along with beautiful scenery, remarkable cinematography and a magnificent score make “Where the Wild Things” a pleasure to experience at any age.

So, as Max would say, “Let the wild rumpus start!”

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