How can someone turn a 338-word story into a full-length film? By adding in-depth characters, dazzling scenery and a whole lot of heart. Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers’ 2009 film version of Maurice Sendak’s beloved children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are gave a dark, emotional edge to a book many remember as being a playful, adventurous tale. But ultimately, the adaptation managed to shed light on the complex imagination — and psyche — of the typical kid.
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