Matt took me to see Where the Wild Things Are last night (the last blast to my birthday celebration). Where the wild things are is where children shouldn't be. I loved the movie but it was certainly not a movie for young children, which I knew beforehand but apparently many parents did not know judging from the number of 3 to 5 year olds in the theatre last night. A quarter of the way into the movie I heard distinctive toddler wailing behind us. Three quarters through the movie a family with young ones made their way to the exit. No, not for kids.
From an adult's point of view, the movie was very well done. It didn't follow the book exactly but it found it's own profound message to tell. Skip the rest of this post if you don't want spoilers.
In a nutshell, the movie tells the story of a young boy who feels some very deep troubles. He feels alone, rejected, disrespected, unheard and under-appreciated. It comes to a boil and he finds himself lashing out at those he loves, which fills him with remorse as much as it temporarily releases some of his pent-up aggression. The release of aggression fails to solve his troubles, driving him to run away from everything and immerse himself in a fantasy where the characters express his inner demons. As he works to fix what is wrong with the world of his fantasy figures he is actually exploring how to fix what is wrong with himself. As he fails to fix things from within his fantasy he matures and learns to accept the wrongs in his real life and sees himself from the vantage point of those he loves–and ran away from. As he externalizes all of the emotions that he previously felt so alone with he comes to understand himself and to appreciate what it has been like for those worrying about him from a step away.
The movie ended well and nearly made me cry. No, not all of the wrongs in life were righted, but but by setting aside self-absorption the unimaginable strength in love could be seen.
Matt also gifted me with several Edward Gorey books which I adore! Thanks Matt. :)
Oh, and I have to present a design to client (at the client's house) today. Wish me luck.