Almost every kid in the world has read and/or heard about the classic book Where the Wild Things Are. It has become one of the most beloved books of all time. Now, finally, there is a film adaptation. Like the book, it focuses in on Max, a 9 year-old boy with a giant imagination. One day, he sails off to an imaginary island that is inhabited by made-up creatures called the Wild Things. Max soon befriends them, and takes a special liking to Carol, a hulking gentle giant whose actions seem to mirror Max's. Unlike the book however, this film deals with messages about loss, lonliness, and sorrow. A depresssing sense of hoplessness abounds throughout. Not exactly something for the younger set. But this adaptation is also a beautiful portyal of friendship, love, and togetherness that Max soon learns after his journey. Where the Wild Things Are isn't a great movie, but director Spike Jonze definetly made something he can be proud of. The special effects are astounding, the acting is first-rate, and the story more or less stays true to its literary roots. As mentioned, this is a dark and somewhat unsettling viewing experience, so I only recommend it to kids 10 and up.