Where the Wild Things Are

(USA/Australia/Germany, 2009, 97 minutes)

A young boy runs off from a motherly reprimand and finds himself in an island inhabited by large monsters who hail him as their king but turn out to be too close to his real life for comfort. A fondly remembered children's classic becomes a daringly reimagined, whimsical melodrama about the end of childhood that perfectly recaptures what it is to be a child but is hardly a children's movie and needed some more spontaneity to work; an admirable try, though, much plagued by production troubles.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures, a Playtone/Wild Things production; with the assistance of Film Victoria; in association with KLG Film Invest.
Starring Max Records, Catherine Keener; and Mark Ruffalo; Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper, Paul Dano, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara, Forest Whitaker.
Directed by Spike Jonze; produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, John Carls, Maurice Sendak, Vincent Landay; screenplay by Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers, based on the book by Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are; music by Karen O and Carter Burwell; director of photography (Technicolor, Panavision), Lance Acord; production designer, K. K. Barrett; costume designer, Casey Storm; film editors, Eric Zumbrunnen, James Haygood; animation and visual effects supervisor, Daniel Jeannette.


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