Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are

Last night M & I went to a pre-pre release of Where the Wild Things are at the Music Box theatre - it was a benefit show for 826 Chicago. It was very exciting because Dave Eggers was there and spoke about writing the screenplay, and then he brought out the kid who plays Max in the movie, and he was a cute kid, and people asked him dumb questions like, "Are you going to do more movies?" and he said - get this - "If the right project comes along." And then we watched the movie and afterward Spike Jonze and Catherine Keener spoke. Fancy, right?

As for the movie, I really enjoyed it. We are treated to a little back-story for Max and his family and (I can't imagine I'm ruining it for you) when Max journeys to the land of the wild things, it's a real visual treat. What comes across in the movie is the emotional fragility of the child - when Max is playing - one minute he's laughing like crazy, the next minute everyone's screaming and someone's crying. Oy, remember how that used to be?

The wild things throw rocks and trees when they play - Max is not only emotionally fragile, he's physically vulnerable. The wild things are dangerous, but they're innocent, like children, or the most immature adults you ever met. They quarrel amongst themselves and wear their insecurities on their uh, hairy gigantic sleeves.

It was beautiful, like watching a poem. I think if you're a big fan of the book, like I am, you'll be pleased. It doesn't try to recreate the book, but it very cleverly interprets it.

8 comments:

Caitlin said...

Okay, but....is Dave Eggers hot?

KHM said...

Can.NOT.Wait.

Dave Eggers, Spike Jonez and I got all woozy and had to stop reading for a minute. What a night!

KHM said...

Question: take the kids (youngest is 7 and a scaredycat) or not?

Special K said...

Dave Eggers is fairly hot although he has a dopey haircut. He seemed nice.

I'm terrible at determining age appropriateness, KHM, but, if she's scaredycat, she may be anxious - some parts are stressful.

dad said...

Glad you enjoyed your evening!

Carrie said...

My parent magazine said no for littles who can't watch something like The Dark Crystal. Milo will have to wait until DVD, but I can't wait.

KHM said...

That's where I am, too, Carrie. Haley, Anna and I will go. Lindsay will see it another time. I simply can't wait. It would be lovely to go together (all of us), wouldn't it?

Penny said...

I want to see it in the worst way. I get scared thinking about the fighting though. All those teeth and claws .. ...