The ever wonderful Sara Gundell over at www.examiner.com reported this today: 

Spike Jonze’s movie adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s beloved children’s book Where the Wild Things Are is finally coming to theaters this October — despite numerous delays and problems with the production.

And now that the film is about to hit theaters, its young star is talking about the movie buzz and comparing it to the original controversy when the book was published in 1963. Sendak was criticized for writing a book that was too dark and too scary for children, but over the years, Where the Wild Things Are has become one of the most beloved children’s books ever — both among kids and adults.

In an interview with MTV, Max Records thinks the negative buzz that surrounded the movie adaptation in its early days is similar to the original criticism of Sendak’s book:

“When the book first came out, it was banned and all the adults hated it and stuff,” Jonze’s young leading man reasoned. “But all the kids absolutely loved it. Then people started realizing ‘Oh this is good. This is good.’ And so, I think it’s the same thing – only hopefully, it won’t take too long for people to actually realize that it’s really, really amazing.”


Read more here.

OK, the trailers for this movie DO look absolutely stunning (It helps tremendously that I love The Arcade Fire song that is played in it, lol) But, seriously…why is there so much negative buzz about this? I think it looks really interesting and beautifuly shot. I generally like anything Spike Jonze shoots so I am going to keep an open mind on this one.

Will you watch this movie?