Books get turned into movies all the time and especially kids books as they are big business. But I have to say that I can’t think of any other case when a child’s picture book has been turned into a movie, especially one that’s only 338 words long.
Then again not many kids picture books are as well loved world wide as Where The Wild Things Are. I myself loved it as a kid, though I do find it hard to express exactly why I loved it so much, but I did and was really looking forward to the movie coming out.
“An adolescent named Max has an active imagination, and he will throw fits if others don’t go along with what he wants. Max, following an incident with Claire (his sister) and her friends, and following a tantrum which he throws as a result of his Mother paying more attention to her boyfriend than to him – runs away from home. Wearing his wolf costume at the time, Max not only runs away physically, but runs toward a world in his imagination.
This world, an ocean away, is inhabited by large wild beasts, including one named Carol who is much like Max himself in temperament. Instead of eating Max like they normally would with creatures of his type, the wild things befriend Max after he proclaims himself a king who can magically solve all their problems.”
The first thing I’ll say is that this is a not a kids movie but a movie about being a kid. So it’s dark and has an edge that I think most kids would either find scary or just not understand what is happening. Though this is not a bad thing at all and in fact I’m glad they haven’t pandered to a child audience.
This book has been loved for years and the actual number of older people who love this book outnumber the current younger generation by far. Not to mention it is a dark themed book anyway so it would be strange if they went a different direction than that and made a lighter kiddie film.
Long story short, I thought this film pulled off brilliantly the tough task of adapting the book, and even though it had its flaws it still is a must watch for anyone who loved the book.
8.5 out of 10 from me!!!