Where the Wild Things Are 2009

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(121) IMDb 6.8/10
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In this delightful, funny and ferocious adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's story, Max is a young boy who loves to wear a wolf suit. He behaves badly, is sent to bed and escapes to the forest. There he's joined by monstrous-yet-cuddly wild beasts for some adventures.

Catherine O'Hara, Forest Whitaker
1 hour 36 minutes

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Where the Wild Things Are

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Drama, Children & Family, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Spike Jonze
Starring Catherine O'Hara, Forest Whitaker
Supporting actors Paul Dano, James Gandolfini, Lauren Ambrose, Max Records
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. T. Potter on 21 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
Firstly, a lot of the negative reviews on here are laced with sanctimonious attitudes about "mental health problems" and "dysfunctional people" which I find a bit unsettling. As if having slightly troubled characters somehow invalidates this film's inherent worth.

Secondly, this was not primarily marketed as a children's film. So I think it's disingenuous for reviewers to criticise it for not being something which it never pretended to be. That's not to say it can't appeal to children, I think for many children this film could be a very rewarding and enchanting experience (unless they happen to be the perfect spawn of all those perfect parents cited above). Obviously it depends on the individual child's tastes.

I don't think anyone should be arrogant enough to presume to tell others that this film is not suitable for children, I saw nothing in the film that even remotely makes it unsuitable, unless you wish your child to live in an eternal bubble protected from...you know...humanity and all its complexities. There is certainly nothing profane or any needlessly violent content.

Thirdly, I can, however, see why people struggle to like this. The story is very simple, quite dark thematically, and there isn't much plot or narrative drive. It's more about atmosphere and subtle exploration of themes of identity. However, that's probably why I enjoyed it. The characters have distinct personalities and the interactions between them is very interesting, occasionally funny and ultimately powerful. The soundtrack helps create a really magical atmosphere and the film packs an emotional punch.

Personally, I feel that Where the Wild Things Are is a very unique and moving cinematic experience. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Rossettian on 30 May 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This film is for anyone who still has memories of their childhood, and it is a film that will bring those memories crashing back to the surface. This is not strictly a film for kids, which is why many parents were disappointed when they took their children to see it. As I am only 16 myself this film was highly poignant, bringing home to me the fact that the dull world of adulthood beckons and that there's no turning back to the past. To add to this I could relate very much to Max, his home life and his wild imagination so I left the cinema feeling pretty emotional!

People have said that the film is plotless and that nothing happens, but that isn't stricly true. Max runs away from home and sails to the island of the Wild Things who, fearing his "magic powers", make him their king. They feel it is up to Max to keep the sadness away, to make the island a better place, but things don't necessarily work out for the best. The film itself is beautifully done, with golden-brown cinematography that evokes the atmosphere of a sunny autumn day just before winter arrives. Jonze has a great eye for art direction: for example the the Wild Things' homes are constructed from sticks in an organic, Henry Moore-esque fashion. It's a visual look which I definitely haven't seen in any other film. You would think that the source material by Maurice Sendak, being only 10 sentences long, is not nearly enough to make for a 100 minute film but writers Jonze and Dave Eggers have done an excellent job in fleshing out a story and the characters. The absence of a father in the original story here means a divorce, and all 7 of the Wild Things represent a different aspect of Max's personality.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sangeet Rcknrol on 26 Sep 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
'Live At The Astoria' or 'Visual Sound Theories' or any 'G3', Steve Vai is out of doubt the greatest entertaining guitar player. I've seen him live twice. One in Real Illusions - Reflection tour and another in G3 with Satch and Robert Fripp. Every time he is in town, I'm gonna rock there. I enjoy his gigs and music that well. I own all of his DVDs and CDs.

When I found Vai was releasing another DVD, without thinking anything I pre-ordered 'Where The Wild Things Are' from Amazon at really good price. I have to admit that Amazon is the best place for pre-orders. Everyday I would visit his official YouTube page to view the 7 minutes clips and the 2 months waiting was getting longer as closer as it got.

I can never argue on 'Who is the best guitar player?'. Every one is the best and unique. But on 'Who is the best guitar entertainer?', I will assert it's Steve Vai. Because he is. Not only the way the guitar strings he bends and the fun he has with the band. But the clothes he wears, the facial expressions he makes and the hair that flies in the air. He is a poser. He says. He plays with the hands of ten guitarists and a soul of thousands. We know.

With the lighting system above the heads, the carpet under the feet of Steve and that new model, beautiful transparent guitar in his hands, the stage looks fantastically colorful. New line up of beautiful musicians add up different taste. Ann Marie Calhoun and Alex DePue on violins, Zack Wiesinger on lap steel guitar and Bryan Beller on bass.
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