Deeper Than Expected...
I can't even remember how many times I've heard kids (including myself and my siblings) say they're going to run away and never come back. This is one amazing tale of what happens when one out of control boy does just that and finds himself commiserating with his mother when forced into a role of power over creatures even wilder than himself.
There is a real feeling of danger in this movie as Max moves among the "Wild Things". Truly, they have portrayed the creatures in this movie as far more daunting than the book ever did. I know this is originally a children's tale, but with the complicated feelings and relationships in this movie, I feel this is like the adult version, just for us adults who grew up on the book.
I think I cried for the last fifteen minutes of the movie! I loved the symbolism in it, when Max finds himself saying the exact words to one Wild Thing that his mother said to him. I could relate to Max and it made me remember how it feels to be a kid sometimes. How very lonely it can be, how it feels like no one understands you, and how hard it can be to find your own independence without going too far.
Also, I saw my own son in Max, and felt for his mother. In this version she appears to be a single mother, which to me made things a little more interesting. Max's running away is sort of triggered by his mother bringing another man into his home. I suppose as a single mom, this hit home, and sort of pulled me in instantly. Throughout the movie I was wondering what his mother was going through while Max was gone, and I was worried about them both. I cared about them, and I find that lacking in a lot of movies now. I loved that I cared so much, and was really on the edge of my seat waiting for Max to go home. I so badly wanted to see him and his mother reunite that when they finally did, of course I bawled my eyes out because I was so happy.
This was a heart-wrenching film. A beautiful movie in many ways. I highly recommend it, but I do think adults will get more out of it than children. I know that I got more our of this movie than I ever did the book, although I always loved the book. I felt as though the movie showed me the things I never got to see in the book. It filled in the missing pieces. I love the book now more than ever, and when I read it to my son, I feel more connected to the story than before.Read full review