Instead of the romp described in its trailer, Where the Wild Things Are offers a quiet, moving story
You could certainly be forgiven for assuming that director Spike Jonze’s new film, Where the Wild Things Are (rated PG for action and mild language), is an adventure movie intended to capture the hearts of kids. After all, the film is based on Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book, and the exhilarating trailer, with it’s brilliantly rendered Henson-worthy creatures, flashes of forest romps and desert treks, and taglines like “Inside each of us is . . . fear” and “Inside each of us is . . . hope” advertises nothing if not a roaring adventure film. But this subtle, emotional allegory is a long way from a children’s movie, and it’s likely the 10 and under set won’t understand much of what happens on screen despite those lovable looking monsters.
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