Monday, 28 December 2009

Where the Wild Things Are


Director: Spike Jonze
Who's In It?: Max Records as Max, Catherine Keener as Max's mother and James Gandolfini, Paul Dano, Catherine O'Hara, Forest Whitaker, Chris Cooper and Lauren Ambrose as the voices of the Wild Things.

If you asked me to name the weirdest director, I would have to go for wither Tarantino or Spike Jonze. His previous masterpieces, Being John Malkovitch and Adaption have both left the mind reeling. It is no wonder, then, that you leave the cinema with a question mark hanging over you. It is only now, three days after watching the film, that I have managed to form a fully fledged opinion of it.
The camera-work was beautiful, the lighting was dawn-like, golden and nostalgic and the harsh light of 'reality' in the film give's the viewer Max's eyes for escapism. Although it was a well loved children's book, Jonze seems to have manipulated it into a film about children; I'm not sure how well suited the film would be for children. The humour is wise and coldly adult, although sometimes silly, and the often too-deep philosophies seem to be observations on family conventions and healthy upbringings. I liked the film, loved the visuals, but it left me unsatisfied and one word for it, fittingly to it's director, would be 'weird'.

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