Brad and I woke up Saturday to gloom and drizzle, so when he suggested we get brunch at Baker’s Crust (one of our favorite restaurants) and then see Where the Wild Things are, I was more than game.I had to share how much I loved this movie, because I bet a lot of childless adults are on the fence about going to see a kid’s movie. To you I say, “Go! Now! Watch!” All of the classic elements of the story are still there. Max wears his wolf suit and chases the dog with a fork. He sails to the island where the wild things live. There is a wild rumpus. Max goes home, and his dinner is still hot. Layered around the basic children’s story is a deeper story of disappointment, loneliness, and love. Max, the wild things, and his mother all want to believe that when you build a true home, only things you want to happen, can happen. Of course, they all discover that no matter how hard you work, people you love will still disappoint you. The story doesn’t end here, though. By the end of the movie, every character has discovered that forgiveness and love can restore broken relationships. That while families and homes may not always be perfect, or go just the way you would like them to, they are still something to cherish. It’s a beautiful movie, with a magical set and the perfect music. While I doubt the message will sink in for most kids watching the movie (as one little girl said, “Mommy, I need to go home. I have a movie I need to watch. I don’t like this one!”), older kids will still like the fort building and wild rumpus.
Be sure to check out One Pretty Thing today, Rachel posted a great round up of Where the Wild Things are craft and party ideas. I love the wild thing tote bag!
What’s the best movie you’ve seen lately?