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For Your Consideration:’Where the Wild Things Are’

Last night “The Hurt Locker” was named Best Picture of the year at the Academy Awards. Finally saw that one the other night and I must say it deserved to win.

However, I was sad that one of the best movies of 2009, “Where the Wild Things Are” was completely ignored by the Academy. Spike Jonze’s take on Maurice Sendak’s beloved children’s book had incredible visuals, combining mostly muppet-like costumes with just a bit of CGI. The soundtrack by Karen O. (the lead singer from the “Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs”) complemented those visuals, bringing audiences an amazing combination to digest.


The story was simplistic and the story a tad dark at times. One of the main themes for the monsters: the heartache of just living and wondering “is this it?”

I think that was the main knock on this movie. But the source material was the same way. It explores the difficulty of being a kid, having to play by your parents’ rules. But even when you find that freedom, you realize that everything you really care about is the same thing you were running away from. Kind of deep stuff for a kid’s movie, but then again, I don’t really think Spike Jonze made it for them.

Anyway, Academy you missed out.

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One Response to “For Your Consideration:’Where the Wild Things Are’”

  1. popscorn says:

    at my last soup kitchen duty tour a young man said that he also liked the hurt locker, watched it with his dad. but he also said that it was slow, apparently not enough bombs/bodies being blown up for a 15 year old. too much talk he said. i suppose the wild things would have done better if it were geared more for the younger audience.

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