“Where the Wild Things Are” was shown on Friday the Feb. 8 on the Eastern campus in the Shinnecock building room 101 from 6-9 pm.
The movie is based on a 1963 book written by writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak. The movie tells the story of Max, who one evening plays around his home making trouble in a wolf costume. As punishment his mother sends him to bed without dinner. In his room a mysterious wild forest and sea grows out of his imagination and Max sails to the land of the Wild Things. The Wild Things are scary looking monsters, but Max conquers them by staring into their yellow eyes without blinking. After this happens he is made the king of all Wild Things and dances with the monsters. Soon Max finds himself lonely and homesick. He returns home to his bedroom where his dinner is waiting for him.
Professor Claire Rubman of the psychology department recalled that she loved the book. She said she believes the world of fantasy is very exciting for children. Monsters are part of a children’s imagination and are fun to explore. She said she believes the books are better for children as opposed to watching the story on film. Rubman indicated that the movie deprives the child of using his imagination.
Alan Weber, assistant professor of health and human services stated that “Where the Wild Things Are” was one of his favorite books. He noted that Maurice Sendak has been considered a master at depicting and playing with the psychology of a child. Weber saw the move and said it stayed relatively faithful to the psychology, sensitivity and imagination of Sendak’s vision. Weber viewed the movie in a theater of adults and said it was clear to him that many of the adults were touched by the movie.
The movie is geared toward children but is open to anyone who wants to see it. It is very colorful and full of all kinds of imaginative creatures and events. It is a fun flick for a child to relax and enjoy.