Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Once Upon a Time...

If you were born anytime after WWII, odds are you've read/been read Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are at some point in your life. And on October 16, Warner Bros. if giving everyone a chance to revisit their youth. Catherine Keener (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Into the Wild, The Soloist) and Mark Ruffalo (The Last Castle, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Zodiac) will lend their talents to the movie, and relative unknown Max Records will star as Max, the young boy whose imagination provides the basis for the tale.

But the real star power of the movie comes from the strong cast of actors playing the voices of the various Wild Things. Names include a personal favorite of this blogger, Chris Cooper (American Beauty, Breach, Adaptation), as well as James Galdolfini, Forest Whitaker, Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), Catherine O'Hara (Best in Show, A Mighty Wind), and Paul Dano (The Girl Next Door, Little Miss Sunshine). I have a feeling that many of you are like me and will go see this simply because it's tough to say no to a film adaptation of a childhood classic like this. Let's hope it's actually worth seeing. Here's the preview (notice how beautifully "Wake Up" by the Arcade Fire fits with the trailer):

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