Where the Wild Things Are

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Sometimes-dark adaptation focuses on friendship, loneliness.

PG 2009 100 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 199 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 124 reviews

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age 13+

A movie for more mature audiences.

I haven’t watched this movie in a very long time but I remember being absolutely horrified of the wild things. I was probably 9 when I watched the film and I can still remember certain scenes of the wild things doing awfully strange things that made me feel uneasy and also terrified. To me this movie had a very dark energy to it. It’s also not a movie MOST kids would understand. It’s definitely for a more mature viewer.
age 6+

My whole childhood in one awesome movie!

I think this movie is fantastic representation of what goes through a lonely child's mind. I've seen a lot of negative comments on here saying the movie isn't well represented of the book, and while that's true, that shouldn't justify the reason it's getting judged so harshly. The way I see it: the book and movie are two separate entities. Yes the book is a sweet childhood tale. I would probably say the the book is so short and has a happy ending probably for three year olds (at least that's how old I was when I read it). The movie on the other hand is for the older kids and is most likely to represent the deeper meaning being the loneliness Max feels and all the things that go on in his head. When I watch this movie, I feel a childhood warmth that nothing else can give me the euphoria that this movie does. The soundtrack, the visuals, the editing, and the story telling are nothing like what we see today. This is a one of a kind movie that not a lot of people got to experience and I'm lucky to have known it at all.

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