Where The Wild Things Are DVD

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Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry are the true auteurs of the Noughties. Their films craft a vision of utopia, but one that is as much about the failure of the imagination as its liberation. In various guises, they confront the corporeal and material substance that limits them and then seek to inscribe that back into their vision. With ‘Where The Wild Things Are’, Jonze makes this common project explicit. Against the use of computer graphics, the film uses spectacular Jim Henson puppets, constructs giant forts and tunnels, and engages in messy snow and dirt fights. At one point, nine-year-old Max hides inside the stomach of one of the wild things and is then vomited up by it. Meanwhile, Jonze delights in the spontaneity and emotional ‘wildness’ of kids, in both their constructiveness and destructiveness. But the film also retains a melancholic awareness of when this spontaneity is ruptured, when literally the game ends in tears. Jonze said he wanted to make a film about childhood but here he avoids pandering to cheap nostalgia or sentimentality. Indeed, the film’s final images are incredibly sad. Against this melancholy, Jonze regular Catherine Keener radiates as Max’s mother – a role that is essentially her beatification.

‘Where The Wild Things Are’ is out through Roadshow Home Entertainment.