Director: Spike Jonze
Cast: Max Records, Catherine Keener, Pepita Emmerichs, Mark Ruffalo
Cinema-Reader – 7.4
IMDB – 7.8
FilmAffinity – 6.8
Max (Max Records) is a lonely and imaginative child living within a mono-parental family looking desperately for an exit to the world he has to live into. And is after a discussion with her beloved mother (Catherine Keener) when in a getaway wearing his wolf custom finds himself in a world full of magic, 3 meter-tall and peaceful monsters in which he ends up being the king.
Beside living in a perfect kingdom with his new friends such as Carol, Ira or Douglas; he will soon discover than there is something growing deep on his heart that urges him to go back home.
Spike Jonze adapts Maurice Sendak’s classic children story where Max (superbly played by newcomer Max Records), a lonely child with a powerful and imaginative mind, shelters himself from reality into a world populated by kind-hearted creatures.
Touching film that tries to spread this classic tale aim at children to an adult audience.
And Jonze actually got it with a well driven direction and through his well-known skills in the usage of speed-movement of the camera gained during his period onto video clip industry (check as examples works with Beastie Boys, Bjork or Chemical Brothers).