“There will be controversy about this,” warns Maurice Sendak in the latest little featurette about Where the Wild Things Are.
And…truth! This New York Times Magazine profile of director Spike Jonze makes it clear that the film is nontraditional: the article says it uses “Cassavetes-speak” and “lack[s] any clear conflict or resolution.” According to Jonze, “Everything we did, all the decisions that we made, were to try to capture the feeling of what it is to be nine.” And as anyone who’s been nine can attest, there is indeed a lot of mumbling and talking over one another and very little clarity or resolution. Realistically rendering the emotional state of childhood isn’t necessarily the same thing is making a good movie, though.
Yet I remain uncharacteristically optimistic, PopWatchers. I cannot wait to see Where the Wild Things Are, and now every shred of information just feeds that. It’s a mood piece that’s more about attitude than plot? Terrific, even though before this very moment that phrase would have sent me running for le hills. I read We Love You So, a blog from Jonze and some of the WTWTA crew, religiously, and have recently become obsessed with Terrible Yellow Eyes, a collection of artwork inspired by Sendak’s classic.
And you, PopWatchers? Are you feeling gung-ho about the film, or has some trepidation worked its way in?