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:: Where The Wild Things Are

Has any film in history ever been a mis-marketed as ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ has been? A lot of outlets are promoting this is a kids' film, which it isn’t. Don’t get me wrong I absolutely loved the film but unless you want to be having chats with your children about why it is wrong to rip limbs off someone then it’s probably better that you leave them at home while you go and enjoy this cinematic masterpiece.

Rather than be described a a ‘kids’ or ‘family’ film, ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ is actually a dark, twisted fantasy film that I fell in love with instantly. The fact that Spike Jonze created this masterpiece from a book that takes five minutes to read just proves what some of us have known for a while… that Spike Jonze is a genius… a living legend if you must.

For those not familiar with the story, a young boy, Max (Max Records) who fights with his sister (Pepita Emmerichs) and mother (Catherine Keener) and then runs away from home. When he does he finds himself in a land of Wild Things named Carol (James Gandolfini), Alexander (Paul Dano), Judith (Catherine O’Hara), Ira (Forest Whitaker), The Bull (Michael Berry Jnr), Douglas (Chris Cooper) and KW (Lauren Ambrose). The Wild Things make Max king, but like a social experiment gone horribly wrong Max is no way qualified for such a position; something that some of the Wild Things are dangerously aware of.

To his credit Jonze takes the dark undertone, that has bubbled under the surface of this tale for many years, and brings it screaming out into the light for the world to see. To be blunt this film is more ‘Lord Of The Flies’ than the fluffy kids film many expected… not that there is anything wrong with that. Max is portrayed as a child that it doesn’t take a professional to see has some pretty severe mental issues while man of the ‘Wild Things’ are psychotic to say the least.

There are so many things to love about this film, from Jonze’s brave decisions right through to the fact that he makes this film look absolutely beautiful. From wonderful scenery to the most realistic CG you are ever likely to see, this film is a feast for the eyes. Newcomer, Max Records also brings something very special to this film. He takes a tough, harrowing role and pulls it off with a performance that would do any Oscar-winner proud.

Although slow in parts ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ is a brilliant film that I couldn’t help but fall in love with. Dark and twisted, this may not be suitable for children but I get the strong feeling that it is destined to become a cult classic.