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Where the Wild Things Are

There's one in all of us. 

Year: 2009 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC PG Cert – Parental guidance 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Spike Jonze 
Starring: Max Records, Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini  
An image from Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are is based on a popular children's book written by Maurice Sendak. The book contains no more words than this review, yet it has been skilfully used to inspire a creative and detailed film. Do not be put off by the fact it is based on a children’s book as it is not a typical children’s film. Filled with playful darkness and yo-yoing between loneliness and companionship, it is definitely one of the most pioneering and honest children’s films ever created.

It tells the story of a boisterous and strong willed young boy called Max (Records) who has a vivid imagination. After being sent to bed one night without any supper he runs away, finding himself in a captivating fantasy island filled with 10 foot tall Wild Things. These amazing creatures are unpredictable, both emotionally and in their actions. After a close brush with almost being eaten by the Wild Things, Max manages to convince them he is worthy of being their king. It is here that the fun really starts, and a journey through the dual worlds of fantasy and reality begins. Director Spike Jonze explores the places that our imagination takes us to figure out the world we live in.

This film will definitely bring out the little monster in you; it will have your inner child running wild and you’ll be screaming “I’ll eat you up!” before you know it! Whether this film is going to be a trip down memory lane or your first experience of a classic tale, it is definitely a must-see!

Joseph Morgan

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Screenings of this film:

2009/2010 Summer Term (35mm)