There’s a lot of concern about Spike Jonze’s adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s story Where The Wild Things Are. People wonder whether or not it’s a little too dark or not bright and bubbly enough to actually take their kids to see, but they may also forget that Sendak’s original work was also a little scary and edgy. It deals with a kid named Max who is acting out as part of his strong desire not to grow up and accept changes in his family, retreating into a make-believe world of huge furry creatures who make him their king and actually listen to what he says. So if you want to know whether or not your kids should see this, let’s go right to the source and ask the kid who plays the kid. Max Records is now 12 years old, and he has a unique perspective on the whole conversation.
“Of course, they should see it,” Records says, before clarifying. “It depends on the kid, and it depends on the age. When I was 7 or 8, I could not have seen this movie. But, my brother, who is 7 or 8, totally could have.”
Records also sums up the movie pretty succinctly. “The movie and the book are just pretty much the visual way to show anger and sweetness together. The kid gets pissed off, the mom gets pissed off, he runs away, and then there’s a lot more pissed off and a lot more happiness.”