I’m planning to take my 9 year old son to see the new movie based on Maurice Sendak’s 1964 Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are. My son, who’s somewhat timid by nature, loved the book.
I haven’t seen the movie yet, but since the book consists of only a few sentences and some exceptional artwork, I realize that turning it into a movie would have required a significant amount of imaginative story development. From the reviews I’ve read it seems that Spike Jonze has done just that, and done it well.
Reactions to the movie vary widely, as they typically do to movies based on a book. Here are links to some of the more thought-provoking, and occasionally poignant and/or informative reviews I’ve read. All of these are written from a Christian perspective:
From WORLD Magazine: Not so Wild
Carolyn Arends reviewed the movie for ChristianityToday movies. com
Brent Thomas writes a review at his blog: Where the Wild Things Are
I don’t know who this is, but it may be my favorite review of all: Where the Wild Things Are
Southern Seminary professor Russell Moore suggests the movie might not be wild enough: Where the Wild Things Aren’t
Plugged In offers 3 different reviews (in an audio, video, or a more thorough print format): Where the Wild Things Are. EDIT: (They also now offer this movie night discussion guide to use with teens.)
Have you seen the movie yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts about it.