If you’ve been reading for a while you know I’m kind of excited for Spike Jonze’s adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are. It’s not because the book is an integral part of my childhood. It’s not because I think the effects will be cool. It’s for one simple reason: Spike Jonze. There are a few filmmakers I trust implicitly. Not necessarily to always make good movies. But to consistently make movies that are interesting and different. Jonze’s two feature films, Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, are at worst intriguing, and at times both are brilliant. His music videos are groundbreaking classics of the genre. So when word got out that he was making a gritty adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic tale of a child creating his own world of monsters to escape reality, I was hooked.
It’s been a long journey for the film so far. First there was the leaked test footage. Then there were reports that Warner Bros wanted a complete reshoot, and they pushed its release back almost a full year. Then just last week we got a top notch poster. Today we get our first taste of whether Jonze’s vision will bring Sendak’s Wild Things to the screen in a believable, engaging way. Here’s the first trailer:
I can tell you that after watching this I’m even more excited for this movie. In case you’re wondering, the song is Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up”, and yes, it does fit perfectly.