Booze Revooze: A Drinker’s Skewed Review of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

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i saw Where The Wild Things Are with the director, Spike Jonze, and the lead kid, Max Records:

From the juiced-box and the OST: Karen O and the Kids – Rumpus

[Press ‘Play’ to…

Let The Wild Rumpus Start

Final Proof: 4 Shots

You know sometimes you drink alone? When it’s that time of night, when the music is just right and you’re as low as the lights the reminiscences visit like familiar ghosts who want to know if you can come out, come out, wherever you are. You chain smoke your cigarettes and play hide and seek with your soul, feeling around the hole where your innocence lived before you lost it, and it aches like a cowboy & indians war wound that throbs when the rain goes away or comes again another day. Then, for a moment as fleeting as a lunch box dessert, you are young again with all of the fierce goodness, the ripe immaturity, the painful joy of childhood. Until suddenly it’s gone, like a birthday candle in a hurricane. That’s what Where The Wild Things Are is like.

Where The Wild Things Are is a beautiful movie.

i gotta give credit to Spike Jonze and David Eggers for pulling off the screenplay as well as they did. There are feelings the book only hints at and when you see them onscreen, you understand things maybe Maurice Sendak didn’t even see himself. i get this movie in a profound way. i felt what Spike Jonze meant. Where The Wild Things Are is a movie that reaches out and touches you in ways you forgot you could feel.

Here, i’m tempted to go into detail about the symbolism and the message and the characters but that isn’t important at all. What is is important is that i can take my twelve-year-old to see this and she won’t ‘understand’ everything that i did but she’ll sense it and probably know what’s going on even better than i do. Because Where The Wild Things Are is a treat for everyone to appreciate.

Thank you, Spike.

Buzz Kills (Watch Out for Spoilers)

Sex: 0 Shots

Unless you have a fetish for big fat hairy men and women, there’s no sex here. No big surprise when you consider this was based on a freakin’ kids’ book. So, am i gonna leave you high and dry? You know me better than that.

To begin with, Catherine Keener is in this movie. i think i first noticed her in 40 Year Old Virgin and found her very attractive. Then, while not a sexy role, she rocked as a hippy Alex Supertramp meets on the road in Into The Wild. Anyway, she’s got the coolest voice, like smoke over a razor blade, just on the right edge of raspy, and  i’ll give you a shot on the house if you can name any woman hotter than her at age 50 (!). The proof is in my pudding:

And then we get Lauren Ambrose who is a ‘wild thing’.

Lauren Ambrose - Wild Thing

From The juiced-box, and you gotta press ‘Play’ before i let you look at the shots:

A Smoke

Drink: 0 Shots

Mom (Catherine Keener) and Boyfriend (Mark Ruffalo) share a bottle of red wine before dinner. It may not sound like much but remember, it’s more than Twilight 2: New Moon.

Homegrown Photo

A Smoke

Rock & Roll: 2 Shots

Ok, what we got here isn’t really rock but still, it’s acoustic that can approach rowdy at times. i think the thing i like best about it is that Karen O and the Kids’ soundtrack sniffs that same line that runs between kid stuff and adult stuff that the movie does.

Boring Technical Crap

Written by:

Maurice Sendak (book)

Spike Jonze & Dave Eggers (screenplay)

Directed by: Spike Jonze

Starring

Max Records – Max

Catherine Keener – Mom

Lauren Ambrose – KW

Bottom Line

See it and then see it again.

4 thoughts on “Booze Revooze: A Drinker’s Skewed Review of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

  1. “You chain smoke your cigarettes and play hide and seek with your soul, feeling around the hole where your innocence lived before you lost it, and it aches like a cowboy & indians war wound that throbs when the rain goes away or comes again another day.”

    Beautiful stuff my dear. Yes, the first paragraph rocks, as does the whole review! I dunno. I know you think some Yang (the white part of the Yin/Yang) would have helped you find your mojo a little better, but I think this had plenty of mo. It’s not an “Al” movie, really. I can see how you would have had some trouble finding your stride for this blog as it is just not Al’s kind of film. It belongs to other parts of you. I still think you did a fine job of writing for it.

    I would really like to see this again and see if I can find my inner kid with it. My inner mom was WAY too present upon first view, and I would like to see if I can really *feel* the magic more. As it was, I kept wanting to yell, “SOMEONE’S GOING TO GET THEIR EYE POKED OUT!” while the movie was going, lol. Anyways, maybe we can do that in the next couple of weeks with the spawn.

    Love,
    Miss D

    • Glad you liked the first paragraph. i still woulda liked to have more time to let it stew, but i’m glad it came out all right.

      Yeah, i’d love to take you to see it again. It seems everyone else got in touch with their childhood about it and maybe another viewing would help get you there.

      Al K Hall

  2. No sex? There was a whole pile of wild things!!! A pile!!!

    Okay, that was more of a cuddle, but still.

    I was thoroughly enchanted by this movie, ADORED. It made me squeal, and it made me cry, and it made me miss my boychild a thousand-times over.

    I loved that they gave the wild things characters, and I loved the fancy, and I loved that everything in the book was only enhanced and not re-worked.

    LOVE.

  3. i moved the movie as well. one of the best i’ve seen in a long time. i guy cried and everything. Your comment about the original story’s being enhanced but not reworked was very astute!

    Al K Hall

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