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Spike Jonze, Where the Wild Things Are

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From the looks of it, the movie spends a fair amount of time on Max’s pre-adventure life, in which he appears to be something of a starry-eyed outcast, estranged from his peers and even, perhaps, his mother—and obsessed with sailing away to a fantasy world. The scenes from the land of the Wild Things, meanwhile, mostly involve a dazed Max being spirited away from some unseen danger by one of the wild hairy beasts. There’s also a Perfect Storm-like scene, in which the ocean tumbles by in impressive fashion. The trailer wraps on the “Oh, please don’t go” scene from the book, and overall delivers a decent, if totally vague, emotional thump. The Arcade Fire song “Wake Up” (apparently reworked slightly from the original) works nicely, too.

Where the Wild Things Are

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