“I’ll eat you up, I love you so!”

Maurice Sendak’s book, WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, inspired Spike Jonze’s equally controversial movie. I caught a matinee this afternoon, and let me tell you, it’s a wild rumpus, start to finish. I give it 4 out of 4 stars.

To co-opt Sendak’s own assessment, "I’m so pleased with [Jonze’s] courage, his moodiness. Children’s movies bore me to death. With Spike, I found a genuine, fierce little artist. It’s not cute and cuddly! It’s a real movie."

11 Comments

  1. Oh, good! I’d like to take my kids, but I haven’t liked any pb-to-movie adaptations yet. The trailer looks so good to this one, though. If they’ve managed to pull it off, I’ll be very happy.

  2. LET THE WILD RUMPUS START!!!!

    I’m so envious that you got to see this today! I’m so glad you’re giving it 4 out of 4 stars… it very well may live up to the hype I’ve created in my head. I loooooved the book so much that I was really hoping that the movie would be done well. I’m so excited to see this! However, tonight I was voted down in favor of Paranormal Activity. Another movie on my to-see list, so I’m not *too* disappointed. 🙂

    • Don’t listen to the critics, who’ve recycled the same complaints the book received when it came out over 40 years ago. Decide for yourself, and then come back to tell me what you think. Seriously, I’ll be very surprised if you don’t love it. (But don’t be afraid to tell me it wasn’t your cuppa tea.)

      • Oh, I never listen to the critics. I usually find that they’re full of the stinky stuff. lol…

        I’ve watched the previews about a billion times I’ve been so excited for it. I can’t imagine that I’m not going to absolutely love it. But I shall dutifully report back in!

    • I can understand the fence-sitting; I had some trepidations myself. But about twenty minutes into the movie, I turned to my friend and told her it was brilliant. She agreed. I hope it exceeds your expectations, too. (Please come back and let me know…)

    • I can understand the fence-sitting; I had some trepidations myself. But about twenty minutes into the movie, I turned to my friend and told her it was brilliant. She agreed. I hope it exceeds your expectations, too. (Please come back and let me know…)

  3. Oh my God, this is my favorite childhood book of all time. Patoot knows it too; she can always trick me into reading her an extra story if she suggests “Wild Things, Mommy!”

    That said, I think the hubby and I will be seeing it alone…I think this version might be a bit too scary for a three year old. But I’m happy to hear that I will at least enjoy it. 😉

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