New On Demand: ‘Where The Wild Things Are’

by | March 8, 2010 at 11:35 AM | On Demand from Comcast, TV News

Max Records in a scene from Where the Wild Things Are. (Photo: Warner Brothers)

Max Records in a scene from Where the Wild Things Are. (Photo: Warner Brothers)

Sent to bed without supper, a mischievous boy (Max Records) enters a land that grows out of his imagination…

And so begins the latest and greatest movie for all ages, ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, Spike Jonze’s adaptation of the Maurice Sendak classic, which is new On Demand.

Movie critic Manohla Dargis wrote in the NY Times:

Most of the snuffling, growling beasts that roam and often stomp through “Where the Wild Things Are,” Spike Jonze’s alternately perfect and imperfect if always beautiful adaptation of the Maurice Sendak children’s book, come covered in fur. Some have horns; most have twitchy tails and vicious-looking teeth. The beasts snarl and howl and sometimes sniffle. One has a runny nose. Yet another has pale, smooth skin and the kind of large, wondering eyes that usually grow smaller and less curious with age. This beast is Max, the boy in the wolf costume who one night slips into the kind of dream the movies were made for.

Max, played by the newcomer Max Records, is the pivotal character in this intensely original and haunting movie, though by far the most important figure here proves to be Mr. Jonze. After years in the news, the project and its improbability — a live-action movie based on a slender, illustrated children’s book that runs fewer than 40 pages, some without any words at all — are no longer a surprise. Even so, it startles and charms and delights largely because Mr. Jonze’s filmmaking exceeds anything he’s done in either of his inventive previous features, “Being John Malkovich” (1999) and “Adaptation” (2002). With “Where the Wild Things Are” he has made a work of art that stands up to its source and, in some instances, surpasses it.

Watch ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ On Demand.