Obviously, a children’s book as short as Maurice Sendak’s award-winning Where the Wild Things Are
requires a great deal of fleshing out in order to exist as a full-length movie. Luckily, director and co-screenwriter Spike Jonze makes the movie his own by expanding the book’s universal themes about a boy learning to work through feelings of anger, sadness, frustration, and fear.
We meet that boy, Max (Max Records), in a hilarious opening scene where he tears through his house chasing after the family pet while growling like a monster. He proceeds to have a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day, where his older sister’s friends break his homemade i...