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01.30.2010 - Thanks to Warner Bros Philippines for the exclusive press media invite for the advance screening of Where The Wild Things Are. The special screening was shown on January 29, 2010 (Friday) at Greenbelt 3, MyCinema.

Where the Wild Things Are is a 2009 American fantasy comedy-drama film directed by Spike Jonze and adapted from Maurice Sendak's 1963 children's book of the same name. It combines live action, performers in costumes, animatronics, and computer-generated imagery (CGI). The film stars Max Records, Catherine Keener and Mark Ruffalo, and features the voices of James Gandolfini, Paul Dano, Lauren Ambrose and Forest Whitaker.

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The Movie That Came To Be...

In the early 1980s Disney considered adapting the film as a blend of traditionally animated characters and computer-generated settings, but development did not go past a test film to see how the animation hybridizing would work out.

In 2001, Universal Studios acquired rights to the book's adaptation and initially attempted to develop a computer-animated adaptation with Disney animator Eric Goldberg, but in 2003 the cartoon version was replaced with a live-action concept and Goldberg was dropped for Spike Jonze. The film was co-produced by actor Tom Hanks through his production company Playtone and made on an estimated budget of around $100,000,000.

The film was released on October 16, 2009 in the United States, and on December 11, 2009 in the United Kingdom. The film was met with critical acclaim and appeared on many year-end top ten lists. It will regularly be shown on February 3, 2010 in the Philippines.


The film centers around a lonely 9-year-old boy named Max (Records) who sails away to an island inhabited by creatures known as the "wild things," who declare Max their king.

The Verdict

Not suitable to kids under thirteen. The story based from the child's book by Maurice Sendak was expounded in the movie. some scenes would be a bit too violent, that I highly suggest not for the little ones. Though for kids at heart this is a deep movie. More on symbolism in one scene that featured Max in his room. I like the cinematography that featured breath taking scenes from the desert and where the sun was going down.

Overall I see it more of an art film than a movie based from a child's book. Breath taking scenes and less dialogue with symbolism used in the film. Something new and different to see in the big screen. This one gets four tickets points out of five.

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Chris A. said...

Probably too deep for my taste. I watched it with two of my movie buddies and we felt all equally disturbed after the film. Not one of those "feel good movie". Not really for the children and have to agree with you of this is more of an art film.

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