Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

All too often big-screen book adaptations end up leaving too much out of, or adding too much to, the source material. That's not the case with Where the Wild Things Are ($18-$24), even though Maurice Sendak's classic offered only 10 sentences on which co-writer/director Spike Jonze could build. Using live-action, 9-foot costumes controlled by puppeteers instead of resorting to full-on CG, the film accurately captures Sendak's creative vision with some of the most engrossing, imaginative cinematography in recent memory, while not straying far off the original storyline — and the kick-ass soundtrack from Karen O and The Kids doesn't hurt, either.

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