From my fashion blog: “I have to admit that my iPhone wallpaper is the Opening Ceremony x Where the Wild Things Are apparel collection.” It’s true!! Ask me and I’ll pull it up for you. Even if fur skirts aren’t your thing, you can also purchase the jewelry collection online. I’m cautious as I write this, but while everyone knocks furries, Spike Jonze’s collaboration with Opening Ceremony could be interpreted as him taking baby steps for a crossover into mainstream crossover. Or maybe he’s just another film guy capitalizing on a gimmick.
Anyway, Billiam and I saw Where the Wild Things Are – Finally! I find it highly ironic that APE kept us from seeing these creatures on opening weekend. It should come as no surprise that I, with my love for all things bug and fluffy, absolutely loved the creatures. I also really loved the animation on their faces. I’m no animator, but I was thoroughly impressed! In particular, Judith, Catherine O’Hara’s monster, got me excited every time she spoke. Partly because Catherine O’Hara’s voice translates so wonderfully as a voiceover, partly because the lips on Judith’s mouth were so realistic! Her snout reminded me of Cody. If Cody learned to talk, his lips probably would have moved the same way. Unfortunately, Polly’s the only dog we’ve ever had that could speak, and she only spoke Mandarin: “Polly, hao buhao?” “Haooo.” But I digress.
Upon immediately leaving the theater, I can’t say that I loved the movie. I loved the conflicts (and there are many), and I liked that it was more adult than it was childish, but I was surprised at how ambivalent I was about it. A deeper understanding of the film came when I discussed it with Billiam and Evad, that the film is meant to make you think – possibly even more than it is meant to make you want to hug something 3x your size. I fell in love with the film when Billiam described it as a great interpretation of how children try to act like adults and adults end up being children (or something along those lines). The theory (and truth!) that there exist indistinguishable differences between adults and children made WTWTA perfectly clear to me. And in that line of thinking, it was spot-on.
Evad posited that the characters’ personalities are inconsistent throughout. This puts everything into a true-to-life perspective for me, too. Even if it wasn’t Jonze and Maurice Sendak’s goal to have standalone conflicts where the characters represent different things in each, isn’t it true that our personalities are rarely ever perfectly consistent?
The whole thing was meant to be analyzed and I love it. It’s like Jonze and Sendak pulled Lord of the Flies out of a ten-line poem. Microcosms! I love stories revolving around well-crafted microcosms. Lauren Ambrose was an absolutely fantastic, comforting voice to hear as KW – and I’m not just saying that because I happen to be plowing through all of Six Feet Under. My favorite parts of the film come from her asking Max “Did you eat them all?” and whomping Bob and Terry with rocks. (Also: Bob and Terry? All together unexpected.) One more thing about WTWTA, and then I’ll leave you with one last thing to ponder:
True or false: Alexander (Paul Dano) totally looks like Seth Green.
And lastly, how come no one has made these bottoms yet?