Sunday, November 8, 2009

where the wild things are...there is wilderness.

So, this is my personal review of the movie "Where The Wild Things Are".
in case you don't know, there's this movie out...and it's based on a children's book (which by the way, i have not read).
you may have seen the trailer, and thought "what's this?"

...well after the movie, your question may have been answered...
or perhaps not.

i watched it last night with my lovely friends and sister. and i must say, what a movie!
we were surrounded by kids, and their mothers and fathers.

now, i was aware that the movie was quite complicated to understand and had many deep and hidden themes. but i didn't expect that...

it was perhaps one of the most imaginative and deep movies i have seen!
you know when the message is not spoken at all and the plot is very "blurry" and incomprehensible?
that's when you know there's a lot of digging to do...
and that's when you either love it or hate it.

the film focuses on a boy, Max, who, at home, gets very little attention (or at least lacks the attention he really wants) and holds in a lot of anger because of it.
he runs away and finds himself in a forest.

this is where the wild things are.
creatures, that is, bigger than max. much bigger.

and each of them hold in pain. have their struggle. carry burden.
like Max.

...Max becomes king of these. almost, perhaps, king of these burdens as well?

each 'wild thing' is either angry, lonely, afraid, jealous, ashamed, or feeling worthless. (i'm sure you can dig out some more...)
all of what Max feels.
so perhaps, these 'wild things' are just a reflection of who he is...? hmm...
and the kingdom he "owns" is just life itself. along with its mess, its complications, its twists-and-turns...

and my personal interpretation - ...a life without God. without True love.
Max tries his best to keep sadness away from the 'family'. he tries his best to create a perfect world. he tries his best, but his best is not enough.
the creatures are still broken inside. they are still lonely and not united. incomplete.

in each of us is something wild.
emotions are wild. messy. raw.

and even messier when shared with someone else.
relationships are messy. and i think that's a biggie in the movie!

cling!cling!cling! theme.

so, my conclusion, God loves messy. he wants to clean us up. he's needy too.
and the only way to keep sadness away, is to accept Love.
the unloved must be loved to remove the fears, the loneliness, and the pain.

so, i hope you find the beauty i found in this very interesting movie...
and remember that where the wild things are, love is needed.

- melody.

ps. i wouldn't really recommend this for children; i mean...perhaps children get this more than we do. but the 'feel' in the movie doesn't seem to be appropriate for small kids.
pps. the soundtrack and photography in this film is brilliant! truly beautiful.

1 comment:

Jessica Heather said...

I have never read the book and heard very mixed reviews on the movie. However, your interpretation of the film has just sold me on the show.
BEAUTIFUL my dear!