Max Records, in 'Where the Wild Things Are'

Dir. Spike Jonze
(2009, PG, 100 min)
★ ★ ★ ★

Director Spike Jonze’s adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s children’s book Where the Wild Things Are is subdued and beautiful, intelligent about the emotions of a boy from a broken home but clear and direct in expressing them. It features sublime cinematography by Lance Acord and production design by K.K. Barrett, who create a visual landscape that eschews the usual candy-colored aesthetic of kids’ movies in favor of a dreamier, more sophisticated palette of sand and amber tones. My memory of the Sendak classic is limited, so I can only discuss whether the film does justice to itself. It does. It’s made by mature filmmakers who value mood over sensory stimulation … Read the rest of my review at