Where The Wild Things Are

SPIKE JONZE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA/Germany, 2009.  Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures, , Wild Things Productions.  Screenplay by Spike Jonze, , based on the book by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , ,, .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  Golden Globe Awards 2009.  National Board of Review Awards 2009.  Washington Film Critics Awards 2009.  

A young boy gets tired of being ignored by his overworked single mother () and his mean older sister. After deciding he’s had enough (he’s actually a bit bratty and, quite frankly, I’d be frustrated if I was his mother too), he runs into the woods where his make-believe world of giant muppet-like characters come to life in this adaptation of the popular children’s book by Maurice Sendak. These creatures would normally eat someone as little as Max, but he relies on his impressive wolf costume and declares himself their king, announcing that he has the power to solve their problems. First, however, he has to frolic with them in endless musical sequences that go nowhere. Spike Jonze’s first movie in ages is a disappointing bore, weighed down by an aimless plot, smug nostalgia and a thoroughly unsympathetic lead character. The visual effects, photography and music are terrific, but they’re ineffective against the weight of uninspired storytelling and leaden direction.

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