Where The Wild Things Are: DVD Review
Where The Wild Things Are
Released by Roadshow
Bursting onto the small screen is the adaptation of the perennially popular
book Where The Wild Things Are.
Max is your typical
kid - rambunctious, lacking in boundaries and discipline and blessed with a
fiercely imaginative mind.
He spends his time
building igloos in the snow and wandering around in a wolf costume.
One day after a fight and heated argument with his
mum, he runs off, gets in a boat and heads to an island. That island is Where
The Wild Things live - and under the cover of darkness, he meets Carol (James
Gandolfini) and the rest of the gang - a group of 10 foot tall hairy creatures
wreaking havoc for no reason.
Granted, there's not
much story to build on from the book but what the ever creative director Spike
Jonze has dreamt up is stunning in places - and his decision to turn the Wild
Things into toweringly tall animatronic full suits (with creatures made by Jim
Henson's Creature Shop) is nothing short of cinematic genius.
Shot with a handheld camera, the film is full of beautiful visuals -
as well as nightmarish visions and will amaze you from the very moment the Wild
Things appear on the screen. They look like cuddly puppets in places - but
Carol's temperamental behaviour and tantrums which rock Max's world are
brilliantly brought to life by the vocal work of James Gandolfini of Sopranos
fame. In fact, it's possible to say Gandolfini's Carol is a creature version of
his Tony Soprano - charming and charismatic but with the capability of turning
at just the bat of an eyelid.
Where The Wild Things
Are is a charming and sweet piece which will win you over.