BE INSPIRED, REVISIT MAGIC:
Did you not swoon over the depictions of the wild things? The overall mood of the mise en scene and cinematography? Did the juxtaposition of reality and fantasy mixed with Arcade Fire's "Wake Up" not make you fall back into a state of nostalgia, but also trigger a tear somewhere in the corner of your eye? Did you start to think Fall will be wonderful because this film will be out? Did you say to yourself, "Wow Spike Jonze, thank you for waiting for the right film!"? If not, I said it all for you.
Not only is Maurice Sendak's original book one of my earliest inspirations, but I continue to read this book aloud every year to my...(gasp) High School students. You would be surprised at how many of them have never glimpsed the magic of classic children's books. With some of my more advanced classes I have a deeper discussion about the power and symbolism behind children's books, but usually I just let the art express itself.
I can't wait to see how the film pans out and if it keeps to the integrity of the story. The imagery reminds me of the way children's films were made when I was growing up. A certain darkness and isolation that is quite akin to how so many kids still feel. As far as I can see, the trailer seems to do that and more, and I hear Sendak supports the film....so I patiently wait and contemplate taking out all of my original (still in the boxes) Todd McFarlane toys to ogle.