Head to Head – Where The Wild Things Are

Welcome to the latest edition of Head to Head, in which our Quickflix critic takes on our readers in a rip-snorting battle to the death! You pick the film, and we pick the fight!

This week, regular contributor Rohan Daenke ignited a wild rumpus by expressing his disappointment with Where The Wild Things Are. For his troubles, he picked up a double pass to Old Dogs. You can win free movie tickets too by sending your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix!

Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo will argue FOR the film while Rohan Daenke will argue AGAINST it. Let us know in the comments section below who you agree with. Spare no vitriol! Choose your side! There can only be one winner!

Simon Miraudo – 5/5

Spike Jonze’s Where The Wild Things Are is such a tremendous achievement; the story that Jonze and co-writer Dave Eggers have drawn from Maurice Sendak’s 10-sentence long picture book is so moving and so powerful. Sure, there is little plot to speak of, but the characterisations of the Wild Things (and of course, our little hero Max) are rich enough that you are just glad to spend 90 minutes in their company. As I said in my review, “this is not a movie for children; it is a profoundly adult film about childhood”. Frankly Rohan, this is a very special movie that defies the typical criteria for judgement. What say you?

Rohan Daenke – 2.5/5

This movie was not a failure but not the wondrous event I had built it up to be. I guess that’s the problem with expectations. Ever since I saw the first stills from the production and watched the trailer I have eagerly anticipated this film’s release. Since, I have read numerous reviews extolling the virtues of this big-screen adaptation of a much-loved children’s book but there has been a similar amount of stories questioning if the film really delivered. There were numerous positives to come from the film: Spike Jonze achieving commercial success and therefore increasing the prospect of more bigger-budget films from this guy, the merging of old and new technologies for the ‘wild things’ worked a treat, the fact that it was filmed in Australia is great and really showed off some of our spectacular landscapes, and there was real heart and humour in some of the writing.

On the other hand the film barely contained a story. There was a beginning, middle and end but there was little development of plot and barely any growth in the characters. I am sure for years people will be able to analyse this film like a work of art, with multiple opinions on the many metaphors contained within, the artistry used in production and the commentary on growing up and the childhood experience. I left the cinema feeling nothing except slight annoyance that there was no resolution. The child, Max, through his imagination, was exposed to various elements of his personality via the ‘wild things’, but didn’t really learn anything from the experience. There were so many times in the film where I thought to myself that this scene or that frame was included purely because it looked good to the director, even if it had little to do with the wafer-thin plot.

Now it’s over to you! What were your thoughts on Where The Wild Things Are? Let us know in the comments section below. If you would like to be featured in the next Head to Head and possibly win some free movie tickets, send your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix!

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